The month of October is traditionally Community Service Month for the Violet Township Women's League and this year the women donated both their time and resources to provide assistance to the Turban Project.

The month of October is traditionally Community Service Month for the Violet Township Women's League and this year the women donated both their time and resources to provide assistance to the Turban Project.

At their monthly meeting in the Pickerington American Legion Post 283 hall Oct. 25, members of the Women's League heard a presentation by Turban Project founder Kathy Braidich. Her organization makes and distributes unique head coverings for cancer patients in central Ohio and beyond.

Braidich and her dedicated group of volunteers have helped produced thousands of the turbans, as well as courage caps and beanies, since 2012.

Women's League Publicity Chairwoman Melissa Stiles said her organization's members not only are helping to make turbans for those in need, but are donating the essential materials to make them as well.

"We bought fabric, buttons and jewelry," Stiles said. "Everything for them to make the turbans.

"The turbans are for women, men and children and they are provided at no cost to the patient," she said.

Women's League President Linda Fersch said Braidich's charity hits home.

"We've had two members just recently diagnosed with breast cancer," Fersch said.

"My mother had cancer and she had to wear a wig.

It is so much more comfortable to wear a turban, especially because it's so hot in the summertime," Fersch said.

Braidich said turbans also give patients a strong sense of pride that's often in short supply when they go through emotionally and physically taxing treatments.

"It gives them back their dignity and makes them feel joy during one of the hardest times in their lives," Braidich said. "It lifts them up."

And the many volunteers "feel that joy" too, she said.

"I have 25 women and one man who sew. We've got about 65 volunteers right now.

"We have people that don't sew but they cut fabric," Braidich said. "Some help to embellish the turbans and put pins and buttons on them."

Each turban is personalized to fit a particular person's style and then blessed by clergy, she said.

The Turban Project currently services 16 hospitals and oncology centers in central Ohio and one in West Virginia.

"We mail them all over the United States," Braidich said.

"Everything is free. We pay for postage. Individuals are not able to buy one. They can't get these anywhere else," she said.

Turban Project organizers said they were grateful for the donations received from the Women's League at the meeting.

"They also gave us postage," Braidich said. "That's a huge expense we don't have to spend.

"It's like Christmas tonight. The Violet Township women are just beautiful women. They are very community-oriented.

"We feel blessed and now more people know about us," Braidich said.

Additional information about the Turban Project can be found on the website turbanproject.com

"If people would like to get involved, I ask them to go to the website and watch the three-minute video, Braidich said. "If they would like to sew for us, we'll give them pre-cut fabric and instructions."

The Violet Township Women's League is a non-profit, charitable and social club for women of all ages. Meetings take place the fourth Tuesday of each month from August to May at 6:30 p.m. in Post 283, 7725 Refugee Road, Pickerington.

For more information, visit the website vtwl.org.

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