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Hats from the heart


Fourth-grade student knits hats for young cancer patients

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Emily Warmenhoven was bound and determined to reach her goal of 20 finished hats by Christmas. As a fourth-grade student at Trillium Creek Primary School, Emily Warmenhoven keeps a busy schedule that includes school work, church activities and club volleyball.

Last month, she added another item to her daily calendar, one that honors what Warmenhoven believes is the true spirit of Christmas: “to love, give and bring joy to others.”

After learning how to knit stocking hats in October, Warmenhoven set — and met — the goal of knitting 20 hats before Christmas and donating them to cancer patients at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. In fact, she exceeded the goal and made 24 in all. The hats will help keep patients’ heads warm during treatments that often result in the loss of hair.

Warmenhoven delivered the hats to the hospital Dec. 23.

“Having one grandmother die from cancer and another grandmother who currently suffers with Leukemia and stomach cancer, Emily is all too familiar with the pitfalls of the disease,” Emily’s mother, Rebecca Warmenhoven, said. “Knitting stocking hats takes a lot of time, energy and talent, but Emily was bound and determined to make 24 hats before Christmas.

“It took up all of her free time but she has been committed and has knit with love and determination.”

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