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Treasure Valley woman collecting hats for chemotherapy patients

Posted at 4:20 PM, Dec 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-05 19:34:24-05

A Treasure Valley woman is taking it into her own hands to make the holidays a little brighter for local cancer patients going through chemotherapy. 

Rebecka Basey is collecting new and used hats to donate to Treasure Valley patients.

"Everybody usually has a hat that they can spare!" Rebecka said.

The inspiration behind the hat drive: Rebecka's mom, Loraine, now battling breast cancer for the second time after being cancer free for 27 years.

"Losing my hair, it makes me kind of self-conscious about it," Loraine said, "And a hat just makes me feel better." 

Rebecka started small, just asking friends and family to donate hats not in use, but quickly grew. She started a Facebook page, and even has an Amazon wish list, allowing strangers around the world to donate to the cause, and ship the hats straight to those who need it.

"It can make somebody smile," Rebecka said. "I mean, some people are going through this alone. If a simple hat can brighten up a day or make somebody feel more comfortable walking down the street, to not look out of place, then yeah, it's just as simple as donating a hat!"

Rebecka has four drop-off locations across the Treasure Valley:
 
Calvary Chapel
911 Everett St.
Caldwell, ID 83605
 
Hansen-Rice, Inc.
1717 E Chisholm Dr.
Nampa, ID 83687
 
Whitehouse Drive Inn & Motel
909 Main St.
Marsing, ID 83639
 
Liberty Dialysis
4620 Enterprise Way
Caldwell, Id 83605
 
Or you can select items from their Amazon wish list to be delivered straight to Rebecka.