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BHS DECA donates beanies for kids with leukemia

Brighton High students donate beanies for kids with leukemia

Brighton High students Loni Aargon, Jazlyn Lopez and Ben Erger delivered the handmade beanies to Brighton's Rippy Allstate Insurance office on Jan. 2.


Crocheted hats and donated yarn took up most of the floor space at Rippy Insurance office

Melissa Rippy with Brighton High students putting out beanies

Brighton Allstate Insurance agent Melissa Rippy (right) places the beanies out with Brighton High students Jazlyn Lopez and Ben Erger.


A close up photo of the handmade beanie hats.

Brighton High School DECA students delivered 480 beanie hats that have been crocheted or loomed by students to Rippy Allstate Insurance in Brighton. That many donated hats put the Rippy Insurance Agency over 2,000 beanies collected since they started the community project last February.

Students and teachers from Brighton High are crocheting the beanie hats for kids with leukemia to keep patients' heads warm for if they lose their hair during treatments.

"There is lots of personality in every beanie made," said Melissa Rippy of Allstate Insurance. "Every single one is completely different which is important when kids are picking out the one they want to wear."

Rippy told the Brighton High students: "You guys are amazing!" she said. " This is the biggest donation we have received. You are my heros for doing this." 

She created Ripbeams, which is a non-profit organization with a mission to collect handmade beanies to donate to kids with leukemia. The organization was founded in memory of her dad, Jeffrey Kriss Rippy, who lost his battle with leukemia in 2017.

Rippy has shipped the handmade beanies to hospitals in 23 states and in Washington D.C. the past year.