Group delivers hats to Hahne

Back row, from left, are: Sarah Rossey, David Good, John Cerovsky, Jim Miller, Shannon Flanders, Mike Bozic, Dr. Grae Schuster and Michelle Hemke; seated in the front row are, from left, Fran Manners and Deb Kaschalk.

A new charitable giving group in the Brookville area recently donated more than 150 handmade knitted and crocheted hats to the Hahne Cancer Center in DuBois for patients who are undergoing radiation and chemotherapy.

The group, called Third Loop, first gathered together at Fusion Atelier, the new home of CREATE Brookville, on Jan. 9 for its kickoff event to meet with fellow crafters, share ideas and begin making hats specifically for the Hahne Cancer Center.

Sarah Rossey, who started the group and organized the event, encouraged participants to continue their stitching throughout the month. She set up drop-off points at Fusion Atelier and Vrobel’s Heating and Cooling for donations.

Rossey says she created Third Loop as a way to put local talent to work for a great cause. “I started Third Loop as a way to connect with and empower fellow crafters,” she said. “I wanted an opportunity to hone my craft as well as to produce a useful product for my neighbors.”

Rossey added that though she could see during the event that there was a lot of enthusiasm from the group, she never expected to collect more than 150 hats of various sizes, colors and styles. “There is some real talent in our community and I am so proud of what we have created together,” she said.

Jim Miller, the manager for the Penn Highlands’ Radiation Oncology Department, described what a donation like this can mean to the patients with whom he works.

“We see a whole variety of patients, more so elderly,” he said. “But regardless of their age, from early fall to early summer, one of their chief complaints throughout the day is how cold they get. They do get extra cold. So, something like this is appreciated because it helps them know they’re not alone and helps them to be warmer now too.”

He added that many patients who undergo treatment even in the summer months still appreciate a warm hat.

Miller noted that the Hahne Cancer Center has been fortunate to have a lot of community support already, particularly from local high schools and churches. He said over the holidays, the Hahne Cancer Center received Christmas cards from a Sunday school class that helped to brighten up the season for many patients. “It let them know that someone cares about them,” he said.

Shannon Flanders, the Clerical and Transportation supervisor, oversees the distribution of the hats, which will be on display to the left of the entrance. Flanders says she sees firsthand what these hats can mean to someone.

“There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t have a person expressing their appreciation for the donations that come in,” she said. “So this is wonderful.”

Fund Development Coordinator Donna Haney is the contact person for handling donations to the Hahne Cancer Center. According to Haney, the Hahne Center will also share the hats donated by Third Loop with the Yingling Center in Clearfield as well as with patients undergoing treatment in the Penn Highlands hospital in Brookville.

Haney noted that the Hahne Cancer Center is grateful to the many organizations and individuals who make monetary or other donations. Anyone interested in organizing an event to bring in donations can call (814) 375-3901 to the Fund Development Department for an event sponsor agreement form.

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