Students from the Fashion Design Class at Hallsville High School got a chance to share their work with the community this past Friday when they donated chemo caps they had created to the Texas Oncology- Longview Cancer Center.
“We try to do a couple of projects each year that benefit others, rather than having the students focus just on creating clothes to wear themselves,” said teacher Roxanne Gipe. “We did dresses for girls in Africa last semester, but this time we wanted to help people a little closer to home.”
They chose chemo caps this semester because the project is easy to complete and because almost everyone has a friend or relative who has battled cancer at some point, she said. They delivered 26 caps in different sizes, colors and patterns.
Alia Gates, a senior at the school, said that she enjoys the class and got a special pleasure out of working on the chemo caps.
“I like making my own clothes based on my own ideas,” Gates said. “This project was fun because we knew we were doing something to help people who are going through a difficult time in their lives.”
Kaylee Epting, a junior, said that she enjoyed doing things with her hands, like sewing, so the class is a good fit for her.
“My Mom’s sister died of cancer, so I was really glad to have a chance to be part of this project,” Epting said.
Gipes said that interest in sewing is on the rise. She’s gone from teaching one class of 17 students this past year to combined enrollment of 42, in two different classes, this school year.
Most of the students needed only about 30 minutes to complete a cap, Gipes said. Most of the material was donated by women in the community who had pieces left over from their own sewing projects.
Norma Whitehurst, an administrative assistant at the center, said it was wonderful to have the caps donated.
“It’s a great help when people in the community do little things to make life easier for our patients,” Whitehurst said. “So many people have been touched by cancer.”
The caps were placed in a basket, with a sign encouraging patients to take one if they wished. Whitehurst led the Hallsville High School contingent on a tour of the facility after they’d made the donation.
Serenity Dubief, a sophomore, said she was glad for an opportunity to bring her own style to a project that will benefit people in the local community.