11-year-old’s passion for knitting beanies helps those in need – WCCO

ORONO, Minn. (WCCO) — When COVID-19 forced us back home last year, Abby Stovern turned to the internet for inspiration…and she landed on knitting.

“When the quarantine started, my mother bought me a loom,” said the 11-year-old from Orono.

With a little help from YouTube, she kept going.

“At first, I might [a hat] one day, then I would do a few a day,” she said.

She continued.

“We used to give them away for Christmas presents, but there were still a lot of them,” Stovern said.

So she found a home for some of her homemade hats. She put them in her church’s essential kits for the homeless.

And that was only the beginning.

She started taking her hats to women’s shelters and a children’s hospital.

“I met one of the patients and they asked to see me, and I was able to meet them,” Stovern said. “I was really happy.”

Her mother, April, said she believed her daughter was making a difference.

“I love that she knows what it’s like to give back,” April said.

To date, Stovern has distributed hundreds of hats and donated over $2,500 to charity. Her goal for the next year is to donate $10,000.

“I’ve always loved helping people,” Stovern said.

Stovern also sells its hats at farmers markets and craft fairs. Part of the profits are donated to charity.

To follow Stovern’s work on Instagram, click here.