PIQUA — The Salvation Army is seeking donations of clean yarn to help two local women continue to create baby afghans for the Salvation Army’s Christmas distribution in December.
“I try to use whatever they bring in,” Jean Crotinger of Piqua said. “I’m just about out of baby colors. I’ll take anything.”
Crotinger has been crocheting baby afghans for around two years now alongside Harriett Hartley of Piqua, who began crocheting baby hats with another friend for around five years. Within that time, the projects shifted to blankets, and Hartley now sew baby quilts instead of crocheting.
“I make lap blankets,” Crotinger said.
The blankets not only go to infants and young children during the Salvation Army’s Christmas distribution in December, but also to people at the Bethany Center and to elderly residents in nursing homes.
Crotinger is able to crochet one or two lap blankets a week.
Hartley’s nine-patch quilts for infants take a bit longer to make, and at around Christmas time, she will have about six or seven to give away. “I do some of my own designing,” Hartley said.
They both said that they take enjoyment in creating the blankets, which keeps them making more. Making the blankets also helps them be creative.
“I just enjoy it,” Hartley said. “I love putting the colors together.”
They also enjoy giving them away to others, hoping that the recipients enjoy them.
“Just feels good to be able to do something good for someone,” Crotinger said.
“I just hope they appreciate them, and they’re made with love,” Hartley said. “They could also probably pass them on to other little children over time.”
Yarn donations can be brought to the Salvation Army, located at 129 S. Wayne St. in Piqua. Their hours for Monday through Friday are from 9 a.m. to noon and from 12:30-4 p.m.
Donations of clean yarn to be used for the baby blankets should be brought to the Salvation Army on Wayne Street and not the Salvation Army Thrift Store, which is located on Looney Road. People can also donate fabric for Hartley’s quilts, but the fabric must be clean and appropriate for children, such as light colors and children’s cartoon characters.
For additional information, the Salvation Army can be contacted at (937) 773-7563.
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