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C of I student raises money for children through Kaps for Kids'

2010. 12. 17.

College of Idaho student Krista Hafez is doing her part to ensure happy holidays for the patients at St. Luke's Children's Hospital in Boise. Hafez, a junior from Parma, created “Kaps for Kids,” a program for which she knits and sells beanies for $10 apiece on the C of I campus. Hafez is donating 100 percent of the proceeds to St. Luke's, which will spend the money on gift cards to give patients to celebrate birthdays, successful surgeries and other special occasions.

“I just wanted to focus on the specific needs of the hospital and support it in ways that large charities maybe couldn't help with,” Hafez said. “The kids are seeing the direct benefit of the money, and that's what was most important to me.”

Hafez is majoring in music education at C of I. She is a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and this past spring was named the Sweetheart female representative of the Sigma Chi fraternity on campus. Her chief goal for the year was to help Sigma Chi in its philanthropic efforts, so she started by creating “Kaps for Kids.”

“Originally, I was going to donate the beanies to the hospital,” Hafez said. “But after speaking with Kim White, the Child Life Specialist at St. Luke's, I decided to sell them instead. Kim said the hospital really had a need for the gift cards. The patients don't really get to make many choices, but giving them gift cards allows them to choose a gift that they really want.”

Hafez knitted about 40 beanies over the summer. She said she spent about two hours on each hat and kept no overhead costs for supplies. So far, she has sold about 25 hats, raising more than $250 for St. Luke's. Hafez does take special requests for hats and already has had several for the purple and gold “Yotes” hat she sold to C of I President Marv Henberg.

“I think it's a great thing that Krista is doing,” Henberg said. “And with the weather we've had this winter, the hat certainly has come in handy.”

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