Ray-Fre senior center crochet group makes hats to help others

THEY USE THEIR SKILLS… TO HELP OTHERS. WMUR’S GRACE FINERMAN SHOWS US HOW. BARBARA WAGNER HAS A PASSION FOR OCCRHET. THE GROUP HAS MEET FOR ABOUT A DECADE.. MAKING OVER 19 HUNDRED HATS IN 02 21 ALONE. THESE HATS GO TO CANCER SURVIVORS. 47 “IT FEELS GOOD WHEN YOU DO IT, IT HELPS YOU, YOU KNOW WHEN YOU’RE RETIRED A LOT OF TIMES THERE’S NOT A LOT YOU CAN DO.” > BUT THE PANDEMICS BROUGHT HARD. IP GROUP MAKES MONEY FOR YARN AT CRAFTS FAIRS…MANY OF THESE EVENTS NOW CLOSED. PEOPLE DONATED YARN…NOW WOINRK GROUP TO HELP. .. HELP OTHERS. BUT FOR WOMEN… THE REAL GIFT COULD COME FROM THE ACT OF CROCHETING YOURSELF. ..

New Hampshire Senior Center Crochet Group makes hats for communities in need

The group met for about a decade

A group of women from the Ray-Fre Senior Center in Raymond make hats for people in need. Barbara Wagner, who is one such woman, has a passion for crocheting which she uses to help others. “We get together once a week and you know, chat about everything, look at everyone’s hats and see what everyone’s done for the week,” Wagner said. The group has been meeting for about a decade, making more than 1,900 hats in 2021, alone. They have crocheted items for cancer survivors, babies in NIC units, Liberty House in Manchester, Crossroads House in Portsmouth and Rockingham Community Action. “It feels good to do it. It helps you, you know, when you’re retired a lot, there’s not a lot you can do,” Wagner said. The pandemic has brought its challenges to the The group makes money for yarn at craft fairs, where many of these events have “The price of yarn goes up like everything else, and to be able to have enough yarn to keep it all going,” said Wagner People donated yarn, which keeps the group going The people who helped them help others For women, the real gift might come from the act of crocheting itself. a lot of our women have a lot of disabilities, so it’s something they can do, and they feel good about it,” Wagner said.

A group of women from the Ray-Fre Senior Center in Raymond make hats for people in need.

Barbara Wagner, who is one such woman, has a passion for crocheting which she uses to help others.

“We get together once a week and you know, chat about everything, look at everyone’s hats and see what everyone’s done for the week,” Wagner said.

The group has come together for about a decade, making over 1,900 hats in 2021 alone.

They have crocheted items for cancer survivors, babies in NIC units, Liberty House in Manchester, Crossroads House in Portsmouth and Rockingham Community Action.

“It feels good when you do it. It helps you, you know, when you’re retired a lot, there’s not a lot you can do,” Wagner said.

The pandemic has brought its difficulties to the group.

The group makes money for yarn at craft fairs, where many of these events have closed.

“The price of yarn goes up like everything else, and to be able to have enough yarn to keep everything going,” Wagner said.

People have given thread, which allows the group to continue working. The people who helped them help others.

For women, the real gift might come from the act of crocheting itself.

“A lot of our women have a lot of disabilities, so it’s something they can do, and they feel good about it,” Wagner said.