Handmade Hats, Knockers and Shawls for Cancer Patients
Thousands of beautifully knitted, crocheted and sewn hats have been created by members and community volunteers for Deschutes County chemotherapy patients who have lost their hair during treatment for cancer. In addition, knitted hats for the homeless are distributed at the Bend Community Center and through Mosaic Medical’s mobile medical vans that serve Bethlehem Inn, The Family Kitchen, and Shepherd’s House. Members also provide hats to Mountain Star Relief Nursery for children ages 6 weeks to 4 years of age.
In 2017, volunteers started making “knitted knockers” — knitted or crocheted bra inserts used by women who have undergone mastectomies. Last year, volunteers created 300 sets of knitted knockers, which are soft, washable and customizable to an individual’s needs. Knockers are available free at St. Charles Cancer Center, Bend Medical Center, and some doctors offices. Click here to read more about knitted knockers.
Assistance League of Bend’s newest outreach to cancer patients began when an Assistance League of Bend member gifted a shawl to a friend who was receiving chemotherapy infusions. The cozy polar fleece wrap was a comforting reminder to the patient that she was not alone on her journey. It also kept her warm and provided pockets for storing personal items, such as her cell phone and glasses during treatments. Since Assistance League of Bend already provides handmade hats and knockers to cancer patients, the idea of providing comfort shawls was a welcomed addition to the program. Volunteers cut and sew the shawls using donated fleece. The response to the shawls has been incredibly positive and they expect an even greater demand as the seasons change.