From all over the country, people have been knitting miniature beanies out of yarn and mailing them as gifts to a teenage girl in Minnesota. Goff Middle School students and staff joined that effort, and last Friday, shipped about 75 colorful little beanies to 14-year-old Nathalia Hawley.
The project is called #BeaniesforNat, and it was started by the apparel company Love Your Melon, which supports pediatric cancer research. They started the campaign to support Nat who has been battling Osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.
“We’ve had the pleasure of being surrounded by Nat’s bubbly and contagious personality,” the Love Your Melon website said. “Nat is creative and artistic and enjoys art projects during her spare time as well as drawing fashion sketches. In an incredible act of selflessness, Nat handmade mini yarn beanies for our team at Love Your Melon. These have served as inspiration for us, reminding us of Nat’s determination and creativity even through the toughest time imaginable for a teenager.”
Sadly, it was announced recently that Nat’s condition is terminal and she only has weeks to live.
Love Your Melon used social media to ask for miniature beanies to be sent to Nat. In exchange for every shipment of beanies, the company pledged to send a Love Your Melon Beanie for free in return.
“Over these next few weeks, we want to show Nat how much the Love Your Melon community supports her and we need your help to make as many of these mini beanies as possible for her,” Love Your Melon said.
Members from Goff Student Council and staff from the Goff Knitting Club pitched in to make the mini hats and show some love to Nat.
“We were honored to participate in such a worthwhile cause,” said Goff Teaching Assistant Joan Hallenbeck, who organized the project at Goff. “We send our blessings to Nat.”
Love Your Melon announced on Monday that more than 24,000 mini yarn beanies were sent to Nat.
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With your support, we have contributed over 24,000 mini yarn beanies for Nat, which is truly incredible. Nat has been ecstatic every day to see your creations, and she is so impressed by your creativity and kind words. Your mini yarn beanies helped put a smile on Nat’s face during a difficult time, and we cannot thank you enough for your contributions to this campaign. Today, February 4th, 2019, is the last day that we will be accepting mini yarn beanies for #BeaniesForNat. Any packages postmarked after February 4th will be accepted, but will not be eligible for a Love Your Melon beanie in return. As a reflection of our gratitude and to remember Nat by, we will be sending a beanie for each package received (postmarked by February 4th only) no later than Friday, February 15th, 2019. We are so thankful for your continued support for our dear friend, Nat! #LoveYourMelon #JoinTheStory #BeaniesForNat