The story behind Capes for Kids:
Terry Grahl, Founder & CEO of Enchanted Makeovers
I wanted to share a little of my journey and what women and children living in shelters have taught me for the past 7 years. I have been taught about courage, hope, faith, joy and happiness. I have witnessed women speaking their truth in front of total strangers. I have also been a teacher and have seen the lack of programs in shelters that nurture the child from within. I am truly honored and humbled to have women share their story with me. Stories of horrendous sexual abuse, mental abuse and homelessness. After years of being a student and teacher I was once again being shown another way I could serve. In 2010 I was watching the Oprah Winfrey Show and the topic was about families in the inner city of Newark, NJ. A mother shared on the show how she told her son, GIVE IT UP! NO ONE IS GOING TO SAVE US. Immediately I burst into tears but quickly those tears turns into action. This mother had lost hope and most importantly she didn’t even see her son had everything within him to be somebody. The torch of fear, doubt and most importantly hopelessness was passed. I said out loud, every child living in a shelter needs to know, Don’t wait for a superhero, BE ONE!
I remember Tyler Perry’s interview on Oprah and how he shared his darkest days as a child. Family members and friends had molested him. He spoke about his survival skill, his “imagination” Today, Tyler still says not only is his faith important but his imagination. Last year I had a mother at Detroit Rescue Mission share with me how she put on her sons cape and ran down the hall. I told her what a beautiful message you sent to your son. Her eyes immediately filled with tears. The cape speaks to all ages no matter who is wearing it. Capes for Kids! An armor of hope, love and courage.
Do I believe in Superman? NO. Do I believe in people? YES. Thank you to every single person that has made a cape. Your time, love and talent is going much further than you could ever imagine.
Capes for Kids represents hope. Since every cape is unique and handmade with love, each child who receives one will feel their own superpowers, and know that they have the strength and ability to create whatever they want for their lives.
Sending Hope, Faith, and Love to Children Living in Shelters Across the Country.
As children, we often play “dress up”. But beyond just having fun, the clothing or costumes we put on our body send us a message.
Many children play “Superhero” because the messages that Superheroes “save the day” is everywhere, but Enchanted Makeovers believes it’s not about calling on “superman” or “supergirl” to swoop in.
It's about calling on our own strength, from within, that we never knew we had. It’s about the power of our minds, tapping into our imaginations.
It's about putting on our daily armor and believing in ourselves.
When our programs were being developed, the goal was to teach the children life skills as well as coping skills. The power of imagination is infused throughout. As Dr.Victor Frankl, the author of Man’s Search for Meaning pointed out, when you can imagine survival, you will survive. For the children, the “Capes for Kids” program ignites the imagination and creativity.
Blessed to have our Capes for Kids Program made into a kit by the
Capes for Kids - Be a Superhero!... Hand Made Capes Give Children Strength From Within.
You can help by:
Organizing a cape making party
Donating your handmade capes (pattern below)
Make a monetary donation to us continue this program.
“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.” ~ Jamie Paolinetti
Handmade capes per the pattern below.
Pattern Instructions: The measurements in the pattern fit a smaller child, but for children age 5-8 yrs, I would add 6-8" to the length of the cape.
Fabric: 100% cotton or cotton/polyester blend.
(update on pattern instructions: please feel free to place a fabric with a pattern on the outside of cape and a solid fabric on the inside)
Please ship Capes to:
12663 Hipp St
Taylor, Mi 48180
Click here for a no sew pattern
Click here for Applique Pattern Outlines: