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Local Kids Make Hats For Preemies And Cancer Patients

8:36 AM, Oct 1, 2013   |    comments
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ARCADIA - They're not even 10 yet, but some Davidson County kids are showing they can do some really big things when they put their minds together.

They had the idea to knit hats for premature babies, but their act of kindness didn't stop there.  Now, they're making hats of all sizes for people with cancer.

Nine-year-old Emma Long and her seven-year-old friend Sophia Byrd wanted to do something nice to help others.  So the dynamic duo turned to two places to get started.  First, their teacher and then the internet.

"We told Miss Mitzi and she bought all the yarn and then we started asking people if they would help and a lot of people did so we just started making hats," they explained.

"They pulled it up on Youtube and learned how to do it," added their teacher Mitzi Webster.

Resourceful and determined, the pint-sized duo got their friends involved and started knitting hats for people of all ages and afflictions.

"They decided they wanted to give them to cancer patients and premature babies," said Webster.

Now they have 284 hats!

"The first hat we gave away was to a baby in Thomasville; Baby Blake," said Webster.  "We found out that he was going to be sent to Brenner at birth and have open heart surgery."

Long and Byrd see the joy in helping others.

"It feels good when you help other people," said Byrd.

"No matter what we're going through, there's always someone who's going through something more," said Webster.

The hats will be delivered to preemies and people fighting cancer at Duke Children's Hospital, Brenner Children's Hospital, Davidson County Cancer Services, High Point Cancer Center, Thomasville Hospital and St. Jude.

The kids have been so busy knitting hats, they need more yarn.  If you can make a donation, call Mitzi Webster at 336-764-0400.

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