A&M-Corpus Christi Theatre Students Sew Hats to Donate to Children with Cancer

Published: November 14, 2016

A&M-Corpus Christi Theatre Students Sew Hats to Donate to Children with Cancer

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Hair loss is a somber reality for many children undergoing chemotherapy, but students in the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Department of Theatre and Dance are working to bring joy and smiles to sick children by creating animal-themed hats to donate to Driscoll Children’s Hospital. The students are doing this as part of their Stage Craft I class, a freshman course for theatre majors.

“It started with us making sun hats,” said Rosa Lazaro, Associate Professor of Costume Design who teaches the class. “Then, we switched to soft, fleece animal hats because they keep the kids warm in the hospital. New this year, we are making booties to keep their small feet warm.”

Students, who are grouped in teams of two, cut, pin and sew the hats using the sewing machines in the theatre costume shop. Hat designs include cats, monkeys, dragons and panda bears.

“This is a sweet way we can give back to our community,” said Jennifer Jones, a freshman theatre major with an acting/directing emphasis. “My grandmother had cancer, so I know how even something as small as a hat can lift spirits and be a comfort.”

Each semester for the last five years, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi students have donated anywhere from 60 to 100 hats to Driscoll Children’s Hospital.

“The hats let these kids and their parents know someone is thinking of them,” said Austin Olivo, a freshman theatre major. “I hope the hats give them a sense of joy and take their minds off all their stress.”