The Boomer Cap project started the night Andrew was killed. It all began with a telephone conversation between two of Andrew’s mother’s friends. They wanted to do something that would honour Andrew and help make a difference to the children of Afghanistan.
The first cap was knit that night and a pattern was emailed out to everyone in our email address books asking if anyone else would like to participate. There was no idea of how these caps would get to Afghanistan, we just knew we needed to do this.
Word spread throughout Soroptimist International Clubs (a service club for women in business and the professions) of which Andrew’s mother, Maureen was a member. The Project got off to a strong start and continues to grow today! “Knit nights” have been organized to teach people to knit. Caps are being knit and shipped from Washington, Oregon, California, England, and every province in Canada.
The response has been overwhelming and to date 300,000 have been shipped. Along with the caps that have been sent to Afghanistan, caps have been sent to Romania, Guatemala, Cuba, Haiti, Ghana, Uganda, Ethiopia, and other parts of Africa. Caps are also sent through ICROSS and Disaster Aid Canada. In addition, a Soroptimist Club in New Zealand knit and sent caps with their troops.
The knitters talk about what they are thinking about each time they knit a cap. Most say they think about the soldier that will give the cap out and also about the baby or child that will be wearing it, hoping that the child’s life might be saved by keeping warm.
Soon our Navy will be taking Boomer Caps with them on board the ships as part of their Humanitarin Aid packages. These Caps have become little ambassadors of the hope and love that each knitter/crocheter has lovingly given.
Caps can be sent to the following locations. When sending Caps, we ask that you please include your name and contact information.
Disaster Aid Canada
426 Williams Street