Erving woman crochets hats aplenty for holiday clothing drive 

  • Karen Harrington of Erving has been busy making hats for the Warm The Children charity. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Hats made by Karen Harrington of Erving for the Warm The Children charity. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Karen Harrington of Erving has been busy making hats for the Warm The Children charity. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Karen Harrington of Erving has been busy making hats for the Warm The Children charity. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 11/15/2022 2:55:03 PM
Modified: 11/15/2022 2:54:59 PM

ERVING — After decades of crocheting nothing but blankets, Erving resident Karen Harrington has woven a new style into her repertoire for this year’s Warm the Children clothing charity.

Last month, Harrington dropped off around 50 crocheted baby hats at the office of the Greenfield Recorder, which oversees the charity. The donation, Harrington said, are the fruits of her newest labor after 20 to 30 years of crocheting the same thing.

“I’ve been crocheting for a long time,” she explained. “I never knew how to make anything but blankets … and then my daughter taught me how to make infant hats.”

Warm the Children was started locally by the Recorder in 1993 and the annual winter donation drive, which runs through the end of December, provided new coats and clothes last year to about 800 children in need in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region, raising $64,702 to cover expenses.

Harrington recalled teaching her daughter-in-law, Sarah Harrington, how to crochet before she eventually brought the lesson full-circle. Sarah branched out from just blankets before eventually coming back to her mother to bestow her expanded knowledge.

“She told me what to do and now I’m on a roll,” Harrington said.

Harrington said that last year, she crocheted 20 sets of hats and scarves for unhoused people, as well as 100 hats for Baystate Franklin Medical Center and Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Seeing other Erving residents contribute to Warm the Children inspired her to crochet for this year’s drive, she recalled.

The hats Harrington donated came in “all different sizes and all different colors.” All were topped with pompoms for added flair.

Making hats is “quite soothing” for Harrington, who said crocheting is her go-to way to spend free time.

“If there’s not much to do in the day, I’m not much of a TV person, so I just sit here and start a hat,” she said.

Harrington said she hopes to crochet an even greater number of hats for next year’s Warm the Children collection.

Anyone who would like to send tax-deductible donations for the clothing drive may address them to the Greenfield Recorder: Warm the Children, P.O. Box 1367, 14 Hope St., Greenfield, MA 01301. Those who wish to donate clothing can do so .

Reach Julian Mendoza at 413-930-4231 or jmendoza@recorder.com.


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