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Long Islanders create hero capes for sick kids

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk is hosting

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk is hosting the Capes for Kids event on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank to create capes for sick children. Photo Credit: Cornell Cooperative Extension

Get crafty and help sick children in a Long Island pediatric hospital at the Capes for Kids project event, which kicks off this weekend.

On Saturday, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Suffolk is hosting the event at the Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank. Families can help create hero capes for kids undergoing treatment for serious medical conditions at Stony Brook Hospital Children's Hospital.

Last year, 45 capes and about the same amount of stuffed animals were created and delivered to the hospital. The capes are cut out of polar fleece so they don't have to be sewn and kids can decorate them with superhero designs or other decorations.

Stations will be set up for cutting, decorating, cardmaking and stuffed animals. Children can lay a pattern down, decide on the decoration and either hand or machine sew them on. Volunteers will attach velcro so the capes feature a quick release.

The event is free but be sure to bring scrap material, scissors and fabric paint — the CCE will provide the rest. Snacks will be provided; bring lunch if you plan on staying all day.

To register, email vj4@cornell.edu or call 631-852-4602. For more information, visit ccesuffolk.org/events.

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