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Woman Knits Disney Princess Wigs For Little Girls With Cancer In Heartwarming Project

11/11/2015 09:54 GMT | Updated 11/11/2015 16:59 GMT

An extraordinary woman has launched a volunteer group, which creates stunning Disney Princess wigs for children with cancer.

Holly Christensen, 31, first came up with the idea of creating wigs from yarn when she made a Rapunzel wig for her friend's three-year-old daughter Lily, who was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2014.

She told Babble: "I knew she would be going through a difficult time, and that no one would be able to take her suffering away.

"I also knew that losing her long, curly blonde hair at not even three years old would be difficult for her, so I figured that the yarn wig could help bring a little magic and fun to a difficult time in her life."

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And so The Magic Yarn Project was born, with a team of people creating "soft and beautiful yarn wigs for little warriors who are bravely battling cancer".

Volunteers come together and knit wigs using extra-soft "baby" yarn, to protect sensitive scalps following chemotherapy.

The wigs are then donated, free of charge, to children with cancer.

"The little girls who have received the wigs have loved them," Christensen tells HuffPost UK Lifestyle.

"One little girl's aunt told us, when she opened her Ariel wig and put it on, that 'her smile couldn't have gotten bigger'."

According to the Magic Yarn GoFundMe page, they rely "solely on monetary donations to pay for supplies, shipping costs and logistics".

The project smashed its $5,000 (£3,300) target in less than one month, and shows no sign of slowing.

They have made 80 wigs in total and, over the coming weeks, will be hosting workshops in women's prisons in the US.

"We hope these women - who are very excited about this project - will be able to make more than 100 wigs each month," says Christensen.

In the future, the volunteer group hopes to make mail order "wig kits" so communities across the country can hold their own workshops.

"With these kits, online tutorials, and our guidance via Skype/FaceTime, we would like to facilitate volunteerism nationwide for this project," adds Christensen.

"We love to be able to bring light and magic to an otherwise difficult time for these little girls and seeing their reactions is priceless."

To make a donation to the cause, visit their GoFundMe page.

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Wig style: Elsa from Frozen

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Wig style: Anna from Frozen

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