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 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.