LITTLE ROCK, AR - Two-year-old Stella Rose is in the hospital because she's undergoing chemo. Friday, she got an early Christmas present, a razorback knit-hat, from a woman who she doesn't even know.
"For me personally," said Stella Rose's mom, Amanda Mulhearn, "It's the thought of people who don't have a child here and don't have this current situation that we have going on, and they're willing to give their time and their money and their hats to make a little girl smile. That makes me feel good."
The hat maker, who just met Stella Rose Friday afternoon, is Becca Willard.
"I have a little green owl, and I have a girly one," she said while digging through her box of hats. "We got a little chicken."
Willard says she makes and donates the hats because of a personal experience. A friend's daughter battled cancer last year, and she lost her hair.
"I have a six-year-old girl myself and she's got long blond hair," said Willard, "and if I had to tell her that that was going away, I could just imagine the things I would be feeling and going through."
So Willard started making and donating hats. She sells them through Facebook too. Every time someone buys a hat, Willard donates one. In this case, Stella Rose is the happy recipient.
"She went outside with it today, and i'm glad we had it," said Mulhearn. "It's a nice, cool, brisk day."
If you'd like to buy or donate one of Willard's hats, you can go to her Facebook page
and contact her. Any money Willard makes from the hats, she uses to buy materials for more hats, which she donates.