Suzy Luff just wanted a warmer, substantial hat for her preemie brother; the one they put on his tiny head was thin and made from a sock.
That motivation led her to knit hats for preemie babies and enlist volunteers to knit even more hats. Her goal was to reach 1000 by the end of her senior year in high school, but she’s already surpassed 2600.
From that effort, ”Hats-4-Hope” was born and those brightly colored knitted hats are donated to a local hospital.
Suzy Luff was named one of Colorado’s top two youth volunteers for 2012 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism.
This high school senior was also honored with a Spirit of the Springs “Celebration” Award, presented by Suzi Bach at her Colorado Springs Christian High School.
Why do preemie babies need hats in the first place?
“The head is the temperature control of the body, and to keep a steady temperature, a premature baby often needs a hat to keep in its body heat,” she said.
Her family and those at Colorado Springs Christian School are very proud of her initiative and compassion. Pictured above are Suzy’s parents, Pam and Bob Luff. CSCS Superintendent, Roland Derenzo and his wife, Sally, stand by Suzy as she proudly displays her Spirit of the Springs “Celebration” Award Certificate.
(Suzy’s family are pictured above, including grandparents, Robert and Judy Luff, siblings Lisa Reither, Katie Luff, Tim Luff, cousins Karen, Kirsten and Bob Carlson)
High School Principal, Tami Bultje, and Guidance Counselor, Becky Kenney, were delighted to see Suzy receive the Spirit of the Springs “Celebration” Award and to have been part of the team that nominated Suzy for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.
The Spirit of the Springs “Celebration” Award is presented when a volunteer activity or noteworthy achievement has brought great honor and pride to the City of Colorado Springs or has been distinguished at a state, national or international level.