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Alaska Mom Give Princess Wigs to Girls with Cancer

Nov 16, 2015

Every girl wants to be a princess. Now an Alaska mother is making that wish come true for girls living with cancer. Holly Christensen’s Magic Yarn Project is giving girls who lose their hair to cancer the chance to have hair like a princess.
Christensen was inspired to create the Magic Yarn Project after learning about a friend’s daughter who was diagnosed with cancer.
“ I knew having been a cancer nurse what she was about to go through,” said Christensen. “I knew she would be going through a difficult time, and that no one would be able to take her suffering away,” added Christensen. “I also knew that losing her long, curly blonde hair at not even 3 years old would be difficult for her, so I figured that the yarn wig could help bring a little magic and fun to a difficult time in her life.”
The mission statement of the Magic Yarn Project shows how much Christensen cares about the little girls battling cancer.

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“The mission of The Magic Yarn Project is to create beautiful and soft princess yarn wigs for little girls with cancer and to encourage and facilitate volunteerism by involving communities nationwide in this project. We are so excited to see where this takes us and look forward to bringing light and magic to an otherwise very difficult time in the lives of little cancer fighters,” says Christensen.
Christensen decided to work to create wigs that are handmade with yarn. She knows that some cancer patients don’t like traditional wigs. “The chemotherapy leaves their skin very tender and sensitive”, said Christensen. “[The wigs] are made on soft crocheted beanies.”
The wigs are often based on Disney princesses, like Ariel’s flowing red hair from The Little Mermaid to the white hair and crown of Elsa in Frozen.“They’re based on the most favorite of the Disney princesses,” said Christensen. “Hopefully we’ll have a Jasmine [ from Aladdin] available soon.”
The Magic Yarn Project has grown from a small charity to a viral sensation with people from Alaska to Australia wanting to volunteer to make wigs for the brave girls.
“That’s been really neat,” said Christensen. “To bring a little bit of magic into such a difficult time in their life is so rewarding. It’s almost equally been so rewarding and magical to meet people who want to help.”
“At that moment, I knew it would be kind of special,” she said before helping several others with their projects. “But I didn’t anticipate that so many people would want to get involved, too.”
Women’s prisoners at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center have been making wigs for the patients as well as part of workshops and have been eager to help make wigs for the patients.
Christensen is glad to create a project that is so rewarding and that helps girls feel like princesses as they fight cancer like brave warriors.
“It creates a magical escape from the horrible reality that they’re in, the disease that they’re fighting,” she said.

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Contributing to the Community

Nov 1, 2015

Luke Edward Hays

Mahoney’s Garden Center is a family-run branch company who first opened in the state of Massachusetts in the year 1959. They are located in eight Massachusetts towns: Winchester, Tewksbury, Wayland, Concord, Brighton, Falmouth, Osterville and Chelmsford, as well as a growing facility in Woburn. The Mahoney’s store in Chelmsford is located off to the side of a busy road. The location allows for easy access for people driving by to turn right into the parking lot. On top of the plants and annual flowers, Mahoney’s provides a selection of bags of planting mix, as well as bags of mulch, depending on what the customers are looking to work on.
In the town of Woburn Massachusetts, Mahoney’s grows their plants locally during every season. The plants are grown in extra large pots that promote bigger, healthier root systems. Growing locally also keeps jobs local and reduces the fuel emissions needed to truck plants in from far away.

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Since customer care is very important, Mahoney’s provides the option of rewards cards. Mahoney’s Rewards is a free club where customers earn points every time they shop at one of the stores. Points are earned by every dollar you spend. This program works best for regular customers. When customers reach 250 points, five dollars is taken off their purchase. Other benefits include: exclusive sales, special offers and discounts. Automatically sent Emails provide advance notification of Mahoney’s popular sales, private invitation and events. Personal customer’s information is not shared with anyone.

During the New England winter season, the snow arrives around November and usually doesn’t end until early/mid March. The Chelmsford Mahoney’s location is four minutes away from Drum Hill Business District. Mahoney’s employees have the responsibility of shoveling snow away from businesses, sidewalks, clearing snow away from company dumpsters. Employees toss healthy amounts of ice melt onto the sidewalk pavement, around dumpsters, and behind business’. The ice is then thawed, which in turn allows the pavement accessible to walk on.
During the early winter season (late November – mid/late December) Mahoney’s brings in a large truck filled with Christmas trees to be unloaded. The trees are then divided by variety. A benefit for the employees are the tips they make from helping customers with finding and prepping their trees to be tied onto vehicle roofs or placed into the back of the vehicle.

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Mahoney’s is all about serving and contributing to the community: through reward cards, the variety of plants offered, plant care, a diverse choice of garden products, Christmas trees and customer benefits.
All year round, Mahoney’s is dedicated to provide the best service. The community continues to do business with Mahoney’s because they trust the company’s dedication.

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