About The Magic Yarn Project
Two moms started a project to make a few dozen princess yarn wigs for young girls battling cancer. Chemotherapy treatments leave young scalps too sensitive for traditional wigs, but yarn-wigs are comfy, soft, and warm. Magic yarn wigs are inspired by beloved Disney characters, and invite children back to the world of play and daydreaming. They are a beacon of fun, laughter, and play during a scary time. The demand for magic wigs grows daily! Every year, roughly 83,000 young girls, ages 2-10, are diagnosed with cancer (5,000 in the US).
The Princess Wigs
Magic Yarn wigs are made with soft acrylic yarns, and embellished with gems, crocheted flowers, starfish and snowflakes, silk flowers, and nylon/polyester ribbons. Volunteers send The Magic Yarn Project handmade crocheted beanies/hats. At their workshops, they attach long strands of yarn and accessories to the beanies, and style them to resemble a variety of princesses. Their wigs are machine washable when placed in a mesh laundry bag. They deliver them in clear cellophane packaging with a whimsical greeting card and information on their project for the child's parents. The wigs are made 100% by volunteers and funded 100% by donations of yarn and money.
As of March 2018, they have delivered 7,010 wigs, have had 4,300+ volunteers (Magic Makers as they call them), and have shipped to 36 countries!
The Florida Chapter
The Florida chapter leader is Taunya Shelton. She will be teaching workshops on making the wigs, mailing out wig kits, collecting supplies and donated wigs, and delivering wigs to local area Children’s cancer hospitals. This chapter also works with a sector of the Make A Wish Foundation to deliver princess and pirate wigs to children attending Disney (as part of their wish) so that they can participate in the Disney Princess and Pirate makeover parade!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Mini Glue Sticks
Low Temp Mini Glue Guns
Caron Soft Party Yarn (available at Wal-Mart and Joann Fabrics) in Red, White and Black (sparkly)
Red Heart Metallic Yarn (available at Wal-Mart) in Red, White, and Black (sparkly)
Caron Soft or Red Heart Soft Yarn any colors (available at WalMart, Joann Fabrics, and Michaels)
Lion Brand Heartland Yarn in Yosemite (available at Joann Fabrics and Michaels)
Ribbon any size or color (think Princesses)
Silk Flowers any color or size
Rhinestones with flat backs
Volunteers are needed to make crochet beanies and accessories in either knit or crochet. Volunteers are also needed to make the wigs. Taunya will teach workshops to show groups how to make the wigs. If anyone is interested in getting a group of friends together to learn how to make these wigs (no crafting experience necessary), please email her at SouthFL@themagicyarnproject.com and she’ll arrange a date with you!
HOW TO REQUEST A WIG FOR A CHILD IN NEED
Fill out a request form here or email Taunya (email above). Donations for the wigs are great, but not mandatory as they understand medical bills are high during treatment.
We will be collecting donated items at our April Girls Night Out Meet Up + Networking Social at Wahlburgers (Waterford Lakes) and you will be able to speak with Taunya to ask any questions that you may have about The Magic Yarn Project, getting involved, and hosting workshops!
As the Florida chapter just launched, their website will be coming soon. Until then, feel free to check out their main website: The Magic Yarn Project and their main Facebook page: www.facebook.com/magicyarnwigs *WARNING* super sweet videos of recipients wearing their wigs! Grab the tissues!!!
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