ETSU at Kingsport students donate ‘Hats for Hope’

Contributed To The Press • Dec 23, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Throughout the fall semester, several students spent their free time between classes knitting colorful caps for adults, children and babies being cared for at local health care facilities.

The effort was led by Morgan Holland, a freshman attending East Tennessee State University at Kingsport Allandale. Holland was inspired to start “Hats for Hope” after her late grandmother, affectionately known as “Granny,” passed away in early September.

The first 50 hats were donated to the Wellmont Cancer Institute Allandale Outpatient Center where Holland’s grandmother received treatment. The students then made 40 smaller caps, which were recently donated to Niswonger Children’s Hospital.

Holland taught classmates how to make the hats, who in turn began teaching their friends. The project became a stress-reliever for students.

The ETSU at Kingsport students plan to continue “Hats for Hope” during the spring semester and Holland says they would like to get more students involved.

For more information about “Hats for Hope,” contact Debbie Marsh at marshd@etsu.edu or 423-392-8004.

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