Lending a helping hand at the Lake of the Ozarks is commonplace, and a group of women handy with a needle and thread and a sewing machine have stepped forward to help people in the throes of chemotherapy.
Tamara Burton of Love To Sew Boutique and Denise Barnhart of Crafted Creations, LLC, are using their resources to help make “chemo turbans” for patients of Lake Regional Hospital who are losing their hair because of chemotherapy treatments. Now, they’re inviting the community to get involved as well.
A volunteer with The Lake Regional Cancer Treatment Center approached Burton and Barnhart about the need for chemo turbans again. The hospital’s usual source had not committed, and the supply of turbans, also known as chemo caps, was dwindling. Volunteers made more than 200 caps during an event last year at their stores on Highway 42.
Anyone interested in helping make the turbans and caps can join Burton and Barnhart anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23. Their stores are located at 877 Highway 42, one block east of Lowe’s. Even if it’s only 30 minutes of someone’s time, any help is appreciated, Burton and Barnhart agreed.
Sewing expertise isn’t necessary since people are needed to cut patterns, help handle fabric, etc. There is plenty of cutting space available, and a variety of tools (including sewing machines) are available for the project.
“This is the second time we’ve done something like this,” Tamara explained, “although we have been involved in other charity events. We just felt like this was something we could do to ease the burden on cancer patients.”
Soft material such as fleece and cotton is used in making the stylish caps since the loss of hair caused by the chemo creates a tenderness of the scalp. Donations of material is needed along with additional volunteers. Volunteers are welcome to bring their own sewing machines, although machines are provided.
Barnhart said the project is in great need of soft knit or fleece fabric donations. A church that made several turbans a few years ago for the hospital said it could not help this year, but wants to make a large fabric donation at the store.
“We are very appreciative of their effort even if they can’t help make turbans,” Barnhart said.
“The turbans are quite stylish, and they provide some dignity for people going through some difficult times,” Burton said.
For more information, contact Barnhart at 348-1533 or Burton at 348-1972.
Need to Know
What Chemo Turban Project
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Where Love To Sew Boutique and Crafted Creations, 877 Highway 42
Why Chemotherapy patients at Lake Regional Cancer Treatment Center