Sherri Sosslau is in the process of making 40 colorful yarn wigs for kids who are residents of the Hematology Department at Children’s National Medical Center. She has 12 so far, and could use your help getting the rest done in time for the holidays.

Sherri is holding two “Hair Flair for Hope” wig-making sessions on December 13. The workshops are in DC, in Takoma Park. They are four hours long and free. You can reserve a spot by emailing Sherri at

Sherri started off making yarn wigs for herself – to combat an accidental mullet – and ended up making them for performers and other creative types. She teamed up with Children’s less than a month ago, which is why she’s working so hard so close to the wire to get these wigs made.

The people who attend Hair Flair workshops, Sherri says, “learn a new trade. In exchange, whatever they craft here they leave behind for a child.”

In 2010, Sherri plans to hold workshops on the second Sunday of every month so that Hair Flair for Hope can make a wig for every child who’s undergoing chemotherapy at Children’s.

That’s forty kids who are residents, says Sherri, and another one hundred kids who come to the hospital for outpatient treatment. “I’m always going to be looking for volunteers, and I’m always going to be looking for yarn.”