ANTIGO - We often hear of big groups and organizations raising money for cancer.
But sometimes it's nice to know the face behind who is giving the money.
Dorothy Mifflin, 15, of Antigo is one of those faces. She crochets hats, scarfs and headbands and sells them, giving the money to local people suffering from cancer.
She then gives her money to local people with cancer.
When she was young, she found spare yarn around her house and taught herself how to crochet. Later she made hats for her entire fourth grade class. When more and more people wanted her hats, she decided to sell them.
And she made her business into a mini non-profit.
She sells her hats of all different shapes, sizes and designs for just a few bucks.
Here's the interesting part. Instead of keeping the money she makes, like many people her age probably would, this teen donates her money to local people with cancer.
"I get shy I guess, I just say I wanted to do this because I thought it would be really nice," Mifflin said.
Right now she buys the yarn or its donated to her. But her new project is to make her own yarn, and she has all the machines for it. A family friend donated the machines to Dorothy and another friend taught her how to use them, including how to spin. She also makes dryer balls with the wool she spins.
She gets some of that wool from her own sheep. Mifflin lives on a farm where her family has 23 sheep and plenty of other animals. Mifflin also shows her sheep at state fairs and most recently, the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival.
"I've been showing sheep for a long time," Mifflin said. "I just love it. I love showing sheep."
Mifflin has a Facebook page for selling her hats, called "Funky Hats By Dorothy." See the link below.