Financial adviser Kevin Dick had never used a weaving loom before, much less knitted a cap with one.
Now he has knitted five caps, donating all to Chemo Caps for Kids, a national fund-raiser to collect hand-knit hats for children undergoing cancer treatment.
Dick’s office participated in the event for the first time this year, setting a goal of collecting 100 caps. That goal was quickly shattered, with local and out-of-town residents donating 467 caps to Dick’s office.
“Community participation was unbelievable,” Dick said. “What an amazing expression of giving.”
Payson’s total beat the number of caps donated to hospitals in both Boston and San Diego through the program last year by more than 200 hats.
“Typically, charity work in the past revolved around money,” he said. “It is not very often that you see people give so selflessly and give their time more than their dollars.”
Each cap donated was handmade, each with its own theme to suit a child’s personality.
Cap themes ranged from the Cookie Monster, rugby to pink skulls.
The diversity of participants was as varied as the caps.
One person in Skull Valley saw an article on the fund-raiser that had appeared on the Roundup’s Web site and sent cases of yarn to Dick’s office.
Laura Ahlas and the Holy Trinity Church Prayer Shawl Ministry made 187 caps. In addition, Barbara Brandt of Pine-Strawberry donated 85 and several businesses and residents in Payson donated as well, including Darleen Curlee, Kathy B., Katherine Jones, Jimmie James, Pam and Kelsey Bossert, Teresa Daniels and Nancy Sullivan.
“Clients who had never made a cap, knitted 10,” he said.
Even Dick made a few after his wife Carrie taught him how to use a loom.
Dick says he is so thankful for all the donations.
The initiative was sponsored by Commonwealth Cares Fund Inc., a charity founded by Kevin Dick Investment Management Group’s broker/dealer, Commonwealth Financial Network.
Chemo Caps for Kids set a national goal of donating 1,000 hats this year.
For more information on Kevin Dick Investment Management Group, visit www.kevindick.com or call (928) 474-4350.