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#HopeHeroes: Innovation and collaboration bring HOPE to Oklahoma Human Services

In the realm of Oklahoma Human Services, Cynthia Combs, a dedicated Child Support Services Specialist II, is not just fulfilling her professional duties, but is going above and beyond to weave a tapestry of hope for the people of Oklahoma, one stitch at a time.

Combs’ journey to her current role is marked by resilience and a deep understanding of the struggles many families face. Having personally experienced the challenges of single parenthood, she not only empathizes but actively seeks ways to make a positive impact beyond her official responsibilities.

Transitioning from a previous role at Child Protective Services to Child Support Services, Combs found a way to combine her passion for numbers (thanks to her sociology degree) with her desire to directly assist those facing struggles. However, she didn't stop there. Her story takes a heartwarming turn as she channels her personal hobby, knitting, into a meaningful project.

Her knitting journey began as a way to fill her time during her husband's night shifts. What started as a personal pastime has transformed into a project with a profound purpose. Inspired by a poignant encounter with a young boy who had to share a hat with his father due to limited resources, Combs decided to utilize her knitting skills to create hats so that everyone has a chance to be warm, and now donates her beautiful creations to walk-in clients at her office.

For Combs, knitting is not just a creative outlet, but also a therapeutic, stress relieving activity.  "There are definitely days where you have to detach, “said Combs. “You can't be everywhere all the time, and even if you were, you can't always save the day in every situation. You just have to give what you can give to the world."

This quote not only reflects Combs’ resilience but also emphasizes the importance of self-care for Oklahoma Human Services employees. It serves as a reminder that taking time to decompress is crucial in maintaining personal well-being and, ultimately, enhances the ability to make a positive impact within their professional sphere.

Combs’ initiative extends beyond herself as she encourages fellow employees and community members to get involved. Her vision encompasses a growing network of support through donations of hats, yarn, or time. Her willingness to teach others to knit demonstrates a broader commitment to community building and shared responsibility.

Like other Oklahoma Human Services employees, Combs’ is dedicated to making a difference, and creating a lasting impact on those in need.

As she continues to knit warmth and hope into the fabric of Oklahoma, her story serves as an inspiring reminder that positive change can stem from the simplest acts of kindness.

If you are interested in donating hats or scarves, or even materials for Cynthia’s mission, you can email her at

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Last Modified on Dec 22, 2023
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