Compassion results in a little touch of warmth

Helping those less fortunate can be as simple as providing a warm winter hat for someone who has none, but it isn’t ‘simple’ for Mary Langdon, it is a cause.  This is about everyday people who make a difference while not seeking accolades.

She has not knitted two or three or even 10, Langdon has knitted more than 300 that she has donated to Project Winter Survival in Toronto and to Safe and Sound in Owen Sound.

Mary Langdon with only part of her knitted toques

The retired teacher said that, “In the winter, I’m warm and I thought what can I do during the winter months to help those who don’t have the same level of living that I do.  So, I thought – I’m a knitter, so why not knit some toques.”

‘Some’ became hundreds.

Langdon searches out yarns from every possible source and creates colourful warm toques that she donates.

               Tiny toques








She has also knitted tiny, soft toques for babies and caps for premature babies known as ‘preemies’ who have to be kept warm, and also caps for those who have undergone chemotherapy and lost their hair.  “I had a friend who was undergoing cancer treatment and lost her hair.  She said she was always cold and wanted a ‘cap’ that would help keep her warm so I thought why not knit caps that would do that,” says Langdon.

Unfortunately, when she attempted to donate the ‘caps’ to hospitals and hospice care centres, she was refused.  “I don’t know why because I wasn’t given a reason.”

Mary Langdon models one of her toques

Undeterred however, Langdon keeps on knitting, keeps on helping those who simply need a little touch of warmth because … that’s what you do when your heart is in the right place.

Langdon also asks that if anyone has yarn they no longer want, she would be glad to use it.  For anyone in that situation, contact us at and we will let Langdon know.

                  Bags filled with warm hats