West Patent Elementary School students are helping kids affected by the 2018 wildfires in California through knitting.
The students are making and sending 500 handmade hats, complete with special labels sewn on to the outside, to three schools in Paradise, California.
“The kids in California need this so much that we’re doing something good for them,” student Fatima Lemus Najeva said.
What was once a knitting club started by a few staff members at West Patent Elementary School evolved into a communitywide effort called “Knitting for Friends.” The goal is to help kids in Northern California regain a sense of paradise lost.
“[The students] realize that they can truly make their school, their community and their world a better place through their actions and their words,” Margaret Rose Goodman, the founder of Knitting for Friends, said.
The hats will also come with personalized cards to let the students in Paradise know that kids across the country are thinking about them. On Friday, the founders of Knitting for Friends will travel to Paradise to hand-deliver the hats to Paradise Elementary School students.