April 26, 2016

Days for Girls

"What if not having sanitary supplies meant DAYS without school? Days of isolation? Girls...miss up to 2 months of education and opportunity every year. It turns out this issue is a surprising but instrumental key to social change for women all over the world." 

KimKaps is proud to announce our involvement with the Days for Girls organization. Serving as the Co-leader for her local chapter, Kim is working diligently with other volunteers preparing these Feminine Hygiene Kits for distribution in Haiti. Along with bolts of textiles, each remaining piece of fabric from every Kap will go towards making these life-changing kits.
Learn more HERE


When you use our custom cap option and send in your own fabric for that one-of-a-kind scrub cap, you can choose to have your remaining fabric returned to you or donate it to be used in these kits. Find more info on our custom cap option HERE.

April 11, 2016

Medical Mission: Kenya

I’m in my 2nd year of residency training to become a pediatrician. During my residency training, I developed a strong interest in maternal and newborn health and became trained in a program called Helping Babies Breathe. This program trains health care providers to provide resuscitation to newborns in resource-limited settings. The program has a train-the-trainer model, intended to promote sustainability in developing countries.
Project Humanity is a non-profit NGO that has been working on Rusinga Island, Kenya for the past few years. The leader of their medical team is Kay, a registered nurse. Kay has trained many local providers in Helping Babies Breathe over the years. I had the opportunity to join her and others from Project Humanity for their most recent trip in March 2016. My role was to train more providers and to observe how the training was being implemented in one of the nearby hospitals, Mbita Hospital.
Thanks to KimKaps, we were able to deliver 9 surgical caps to the women working in the Labor & Delivery Suite at Mbita Hospital. They had never worn or used surgical caps before so this turned into a great opportunity to teach about the importance of cleanliness in the hospital setting! 
One surgical cap was donated to the sole medical director of a clinic on Rusinga Island called Kamasengre Clinic. This is 1 of 3 clinics intended to serve a population of an estimated 4,000-5,000 people! She was so happy and appreciative of the donation. 
Thank you KimKaps for being so generous!!

February 19, 2016

Anatomy of a KimKap


 Have you ever been curious about the anatomy of a KimKap, 
or how a KimKap is made?
Each and every Kap is made with love and attention to detail.
Our high-quality fabrics are personally selected by Kim herself, one of her favorite parts about creating such cute Kaps!
Decisions are made, including what styles to offer each particular print and if an adorable coordinating band would be complimentary to that pattern. 
The fabrics are then laid out and cut with care into the styles they will become before they head to the sewing room where they are stitched with love by our talented seamstresses.
Will they get a toggle closure or adorable fabric ties?
Maybe a set of fabulous ribbons and a pony-pouch?
A KimKaps tag is the final step and the Kaps are now ready for inspection before being packaged and added to the shelves where they wait in excited anticipation to be purchased and shipped directly to you, our incredible KimKappers!
To learn more about each of our unique styles, see the photos below or click on the pictures in our right sidebar.
You can also email any questions to us at
kim@kimkaps.com
and we'd be happy to help you find the perfect fit!

February 8, 2016

Medical Mission: Dominican Republic

     I had the opportunity to join "Meeting God in Missions" in January, 2016 for a week trip to Hato Mayor, Dominican Republic. It was a large group with many different ministry teams. I was able to work the medical team, which consisted of 4 providers, several nurses, and various other helpers.
     Our team held medical clinics in several different sugar cane villages throughout the week. These are villages comprised of the workers and families who work the sugar cane fields. It is not a particularly well-paying job. Many of the workers are actually Haitian who have crossed the border illegally, and have no regular access to healthcare. 
You never know quite what you're going to get in these types of clinics. We saw everything from hypertension, diabetes, urinary tract infections, colds, abscesses, and wounds to lice, joint problems, dehydration and stomach parasites. All told, we saw over 200 patients of varying ages that week.
     Kim's Kaps graciously donated a number of beautiful caps that came in handy. One of our providers specialized in sports medicine and joints, a big blessing since joint pain is a big complaint for the sugar cane workers. He administered many injections in various joints, and the caps helped keep things a little bit cleaner, as well as kept the sweat out of his eyes. 

Another of our providers also ended up needing to debride a wound, and the caps were helpful in keeping things as clean as possible in an open-air setting. Thank you so much Kim's Kaps for your part in our trip!

December 19, 2015

Medical Mission: Peru

My two weeks in Northern Peru with Global Health Volunteers were a wonderful experience.  Our team was made up of 40 volunteers, including surgical staff, translators, pharmacy techs, and warehouse supply and support teams. 
We used the local hospital's OR and worked long, hard hours to treat patients that otherwise could not afford treatment.
We had three surgical team; a gynecology team, general team, and plastic surgery team and in total, completed 118 surgeries in two weeks!  
Our clinical team was also able to treat over 700 patients, so nearly 900 patients were seen and treated, free of charge!
The hats donated by KimKaps were a huge hit - they were gone within a minute of offering them to the group! We had so much fun together and it was a wonderful experience.  Thank you so much for your contribution - sharing fun surgical caps is a great way to make friends!

November 11, 2015

Medical Mission: Guatemala

Allison recently returned from a Medical Mission to Guatemala and we were able to send along some KimKaps to brighten things up a bit. For more information on how you can receive a donation of Kaps for an upcoming Medical Mission, email kim@kimkaps.com 

November 10, 2015

Medical Mission: Colombia


      Thank you so much for your donation of Kaps. I shared the 10 cute caps, plus 4 of my own KimKaps, with the nurses in the Burn ICU at Hospitál Simón Bolívar in Bogotá, Colombia. I went to this unit for the second time with Physicians for Peace. Our goal over the week was to help empower the multidisciplinary burn team to communicate and work as an effective team. These nurses work so hard. Last year they loved the KimKaps I wore (which I left there for them), so I'm really glad this year I was able to bring some more for them. They look so cute!

Thank you, Zoe, for your hard work and dedication to the people of Colombia, we know your efforts make a big difference in their lives and we are grateful to play a small role in that.

If you would like information on how you can receive a donation of Kaps for an upcoming Medical Mission, email kim@kimkaps.com with your shipping address and let us know where/when you're going.

October 26, 2015

Medical Mission: Peru


 We're loving these photos from Rene's releft lip and palate Medical Mission to Coya, Peru with Opecent cration Rainbow!
For info on how you can receive a donation of Kaps for a Medical Mission, email kim@kimkaps.com

October 17, 2015

Medical Mission: Mexico

  Hi Kim, 
I just wanted to say thank you for the Kimkaps donation to Children's Surgery International Mission in Hermosillo MX. We touched the lives of 52 children in 3 days of surgery. The team and local staff LOVED their Kimkaps.
Thanks again for your donation. It was greatly appreciated.
Tracey

At KimKaps, we love being part of Medical Missions-if you're heading out on one, email kim@kimkaps.com for more info on how you can receive a donation of Kaps to take along!

August 25, 2015

A long, blonde, curly-haired wig

When we heard about this adorable 8 (almost 9) year old boy who spent 2 years growing out his hair to donate, we just had to tell you all about him!
 Meet Ramberg, aka Boogie, who was inspired at just 6 years old when his cousins Lexi & Izy donated their hair. His mom quotes him on July 22, 2013 as having said
"I WANT TO DO THAT
Someone would just love a curly haired wig!"
The hair needed to be at least 12 inches and during the process he was called a girl more times than he could count, but that didn't stop Boogie from being determined to grow out his hair. He said that his favorite thing about having long hair was 
"Rubbing it on my back and when people would play with it", 
but it was difficult having to get the soap out and brush it. 
He would love for whomever receives the hair to know that it came from a boy.
Boogie feels "Happy and excited that someone without hair will be able to have hair," and if you're considering donating he'd love for you to know that "It's fun to donate your hair because other people that will get to have your hair, will feel happy because it was thoughtful of you."
Boogie's mom describes him as being "amazing at Legos and anything artsy. He truly is incredibly talented. His creative mind is a huge part of him and he is always impressing people with it. 
He has been a giver since he was a toddler
He loves to give away his artwork and anything he has to give. He was definitely sent here to share his love of life and love of people. He is kind, a good boy that makes many good choices. We are proud of him and his accomplishments, I admire his courage to stand strong through this experience by blessing another."


When we asked him if he would consider growing his hair out again, Boogie said "Maybe." We're sure that whomever receives the wig made from your gorgeous locks will appreciate their "long, blonde, curly haired wig!"