Volunteers make 'superhero capes' for children in Oklahoma
San Ramon Valley residents gathered for a community sewing event Memorial Day weekend to make "superhero capes" for children in tornado ravaged Oklahoma.
Danville-based nonprofit Kiss the Toad Creations organized over 40 volunteers at the Danville Women's Club to make unique capes for 100 kids. Founded in 2008, Kiss the Toad Creation has outfitted more than 1,200 children suffering from life-threatening illnesses and disabilities with capes designed to bring out their own superhero strength.
"These children have been through a horrible experience and we want to empower them in their time of need" said Barbara Casados, founder of Kiss the Toad. "When children put capes on, they feel they have extra superhero powers."
Many volunteers at the May 25 event brought their children and made capes together. Casados said it was heartwarming to see children pick out their favorite fabrics and helping sew. Over the course of six hours, volunteers nearly met the 100 cape goal and finished the final capes after.
"It was such a heart warming experience to see the community jump in with little to no notice and put in hours of their time during the holiday to make capes for kids they didn't even know," she added.
Casados was contacted shortly thereafter by the principle of Heritage Trails Elementary School in Moore, Okla., who said that there were 250 children he thought the capes would be perfect for. Kiss The Toad volunteers will now deliver 250 superhero capes to the preschoolers and kindergartners at the two schools that were hit in that town.
In addition to the capes, Kiss The Toad Creations is also sending clothing and necessities to the families affected by the tornadoes, which killed 18 people and left hundreds homeless. Casados was so touched by the community sewing experience that she booked a flight to Oklahoma and will hand deliver the capes on June 7.
"It is through their courage and superhuman strength that we are inspired to help support them in their fight by presenting them with their official super hero cape," Casados said of cape recipients.
Kiss The Toad has nearly completed all 250 capes but is still looking for sponsorships; interested parties can sponsor a cape for $30 at the Kiss The Toad website.