Knitting in memory of Boomer

The Celtic Knitter presented a year’s worth of Boomer Caps and Issy Dolls to Boomer’s Legacy founder Maureen Eykelenboom.

THE CELTIC KNITTERS

The Celtic Knitters recently held their annual Christmas event, where they presented a year’s worth of Boomer Caps and Issy Dolls to Boomer’s Legacy founder Maureen Eykelenboom.

The Celtic Knitters, who have met weekly for five years to knit the Issy Dolls and Boomer Caps, are part of a large community effort which has resulted in over well over 300,000 Caps and Dolls being shipped to Afghanistan, Romania, Uganda, Guatemala, Ethiopia, and other parts of Africa, to name a few.

Caps and dolls are knit by volunteers across Canada and the U.S., and shipped to the Boomer Cap Committee in Comox. Full-time local volunteer knitters Elizabeth Ens and Crystal Liebigt, have knit up to five caps per day for the duration of the project!

The Boomer Caps project was started in 2006 by friends of  Eykelenboom, upon hearing the news that her son, Cpl. Andrew (Boomer) Eykelenboom, had been killed in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber. They wanted to help the children in Afghanistan the way Andrew did, and in doing so, honour him and all the other fallen soldiers.

The caps are distributed by Canadian soldiers wherever they are deployed, to babies and children who have very little, and for whom a warm toque could save a life.

Caps have also been given to charitable agencies for delivery to disaster areas throughout the world, including over 240,000 caps and Issy Dolls to ICROSS (International Canadians for the Relief of Starvation and Suffering).

Children from the local school district have also been instrumental in the success of the Boomer Caps project, packing and boxing the Caps throughout the year. Last week, 3,000 Boomer Caps were packed by 25 Grade 6 students in Ms. Anderson’s and Mrs. Kelly’s class at Queneesh Elementary in Courtenay.

Boomer’s Legacy is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for the Boomer’s Trust Fund, a Fund that is accessible for all deployed Canadian soldiers, wherever they are deployed, so that they can provide humanitarian assistance on the ground.

You can find out more and download a Boomer Caps pattern at www.boomerslegacy.ca.

— Boomer’s Legacy

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Courtenay Hero Wall gives thanks to frontline workers

People wanting to thank frontline workers in the Comox Valley can add… Continue reading

Comox Valley Transition Society available for women who need help throughout pandemic

“We anticipate more women than usual will access our resources, but we do have plans in place.”

Clothing store in Courtenay closes doors after 23 years

Trousers owner Shelley Greenup says the time was right to say goodbye

Hip tradition sing-along planned again for Canadians April 2

The Tragically Hip’s Paul Langlois is encouraging all to join him virtually in a’Porch Session.’

Trudeau rejects mandatory stay-at-home order for now; COVID deaths up

The virus has now infected more than 10,000 Canadians and cost 130 their lives

Comox Valley grocers going extra mile during coronavirus

We have had numerous requests to post a fluid article directing consumers… Continue reading

B.C. health care workers gain access to virtual health care options

During COVID-19 many clinics have closed, leaving health care workers with nowhere to turn

Tax collectors, auditors to help field ‘historic’ numbers of benefit-seeking callers

‘If you work for CRA, people think we are just there to take money from your pockets.’

Family uses social media to help truckers find places to eat during pandemic

Restaurants Serving Drivers in Western Canada seeks to provide a list of places open for drivers

Advocates sound alarm over COVID-19 limiting access to contraceptives, abortion

The COVID-19 outbreak has hit sexual-health services from almost every angle

Cowichan couple won’t self-isolate after returning from overseas

New law requires 14 days of self-isolation when returning to Canada

Park users concerned about tree cutting in Comox conservation area

During a recent visit to the Northeast Woods in Comox, a woman… Continue reading

Most Read