(CNN)With loving hands and a dainty hook, a craftsman is making the world a little warmer by crocheting colorful caps -- almost as colorful as the tattoos on his muscular forearms.
Kurt Stapleton learned to crochet in prison a decade ago. Now he's making hats for cancer patients who've lost their hair.
"About a year ago, I initially posted something about making chemo hats and friends shared it," the 42 year-old told CNN. He thought his post might raise a little local interest in the knit caps. "I got a lot more than I anticipated."
Now the Madison, Wisconsin, resident ships his caps to cancer patients all around the world, free of charge.
He has made about 50 hats in the last month and has another 40 or so on order. People as far away as Thailand, South Africa and the Philippines are wearing his hats.
Stapleton alsoreceives donationsfrom across the globe to help fund his project.
"Because of donations, I'm now able to put lotion, candy and what they really need when they are going through chemo."
This is beautiful. Just a simple reminder on Valentine's Day that it's about spreading love everywhere, not just with the person you fall asleep next to. Kurt Stapleton is doing everything he can do those who are fighting for their life every single day. It may look like just a hat to you but to those in need? They are a beacon of hope. We need more of this. Take a look at the crocheted hats and care packages he sends out regularly. All photos courtesy of Kurt Stapleton. @Traceahamilton