Barbara Casados learned that getting her autistic son, Maddox, dressed in the morning was a lot easier if she’d just let him wear his superhero cape. So she bought a sewing machine and made every different kind of cape she could think of for Maddox. The capes were a huge hit at his special needs school and other parents wanted her to make one for their kids, too.
All that demand led to the creation of Barbara’s web-based nonprofit, Capes4Heroes. She and other volunteers have sewn capes for more than 15,000 kids with special needs, who are battling illnesses, or just want to connect with their inner superhero. Their site says, “We hope our capes give these deserving kids an extra boost of strength and courage and make them feel like the superheroes they truly are.”
Capes4Heroes works with partners like the San Francisco 49ers and the San Jose Sharks delivering their capes to hospitals and kids around the country. Barbara says their motivation for the project is simple, “We do it for the smiles.”