MISSOULA — In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, schools and businesses are taking the day off as they're encouraged to spend the day reflecting on MLK’s legacy.
For one group, the best way to reflect, is to get crafty.
Through a collective effort, customers of the Confident Stitch in downtown Missoula will make knit caps and twisted headbands for the Montana Cancer Center patients at St. Patrick Hospital.
This is a service project the business holds every year in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Owner Kate McIvor says each year garners more participants than the last.
Normally, customers would meet in person at the shop for this service project, but this year, McIvor will livestream on Facebook, demonstrating how to make the beanies and headbands.
McIvor will begin her livestream tutorial on Facebook at 9:30 a.m on Monday. Following the live stream, the video will be available on Facebook and YouTube.
Viewers can then choose to pick-up or have a free kit shipped to them and sew the caps at home. (A sewing machine and some experience sewing with knits is required to participate.)
"I think it's a real need, and we just love to be able to donate where there's a need," said McIvor.
The Confident Stitch is providing 25 free kits for anyone who wants to make a beanie to donate. Participants should bring their finished caps to The Confident Stitch on or before Monday, Feb. 1.
The kits will contain enough soft cotton or soy jersey to make one beanie and a coordinating twisted headband.
You can call the shop (406) 540-4068 to reserve a kit, or order online here.