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Holiday hat drive caps off at 500

Posted: February 7, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 7, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

The second annual Holiday Hat Drive organized by Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary netted — or rather, knitted — 500 hats for children with cancer.

The Newhall-based mortuary handed over the hats to the Michael Hoefflin Foundation, which will distribute them to local cancer organizations and hospitals.

Seniors at the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center also participated in the drive, donating 200 hand-knit hats.

“Our hope is that by collecting and delivering these hats, local children who may lose their hair due to cancer treatments will gain warmth, comfort, courage and strength,” said Steven G. Mahrle, funeral arranger at Eternal Valley.

The drive also raised cancer awareness, he said.

Eternal Valley has collected more than 1,200 hats from local residents, community groups and businesses in the past two years of the event.

The Michael Hoefflin Foundation for children’s cancer is a nonprofit organization that provides financial and emotional help to children and their families in the Santa Clarita and surrounding valleys.

“It’s our hope and prayer that one day a cure for cancer and the many other illnesses that affect our families and friends will be found,” Mahrle said.

The Holiday Hat Drive took place from Dec. 1 to Dec. 31.

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