Volunteers at USU’s Service Center spent Monday night making flowers for Disney princesses to wear in their hair. Their creations will be sent to the Magic Yarn Project, a nonprofit that makes princess and superhero wigs for children with cancer.
The Magic Yarn Project has delivered 7,010 wigs to children in 36 countries, all for no cost to the recipients, according to the organization’s website. More than 4,300 volunteers have contributed to the cause.
Lani Vin Zant is the leader of the Utah chapter of the Magic Yarn Project.
“This year alone, we’ve done over 500 wigs,” Vin Zant said.
Vin Zant said the project works by sending and receiving supplies among volunteers like the ones at USU’s Service Center and dividing up the task of creating the wigs.
“They come from all over the world,” Vin Zant said. “People will crochet a beanie or crochet a tiara or put together some flowers.”
The decorative flowers Logan volunteers assembled from silk flowers and rhinestones will be used in Moana and Rapunzel wigs, said Nelda Ault-Dyslin, program director at the Service Center. Ault-Dyslin said she was drawn to the project because it was a meaningful way for new volunteers and beginners to get involved.
“It’s kind of a simple task, and it’s something that people don’t have to be experts on,” Ault-Dyslin said. “We offer a lot of other service opportunities that require a time commitment or special skills.”
Ault-Dyslin said volunteering doesn’t have to be difficult to be meaningful. She said most of the volunteers in attendance on Monday were new to the Service Center.
Sara Greaves, a USU student, said the project was a good introduction to volunteering.
“I wanted to do something I was interested in,” Greaves said, adding that the shorter time commitment made it easier to participate as a student. “Most of the time, I can’t really drop everything and go do service for five hours.”
Jacob Stark, a member of the USU President’s Cabinet Activities Committee, said he often volunteers at the Service Center.
“Really any kind of service is meaningful,” Stark said. “It’s awesome that this will help kids with cancer.”
Stark noted that most of the volunteers who turned out were new.
“It’s cool to see new people come out and not just the people who are already involved in activities,” Stark said.
Ault-Dyslin said the simple contribution of a few hours making flowers has a big impact.
“It makes a big difference for this nonprofit, which then in turn makes a big difference to the recipients of these wigs,” Ault-Dyslin said.