Elderly artist sells crochet items at Toa Payoh MRT, cries after first sale in days

Singaporean woman educates elderly crochet artist at Toa Payoh MRT station

Far too often, older people fall through the cracks of society due to unfortunate circumstances. In these situations, it is up to us to do what we can to help them.

A woman in Singapore did just that recently by sharing a post on Facebook to introduce an elderly lady who sells crocheted items at Toa Payoh MRT station.

Source: Viral Kindness SG on Facebook

Unfortunately, business has been quite slow for the lady. When OP bought bottle racks, the elderly woman reportedly broke down in tears as it was her first sale in days.

Moved by the sight, OP is now urging the public to support the artist by buying his products.

An elderly crochet artist weaves patterns by hand

On Sunday, August 13, Jaya Dutta took to Viral Kindness SG’s Facebook page to detail a recent encounter she had with an elderly crochet vendor at MRT Toa Payoh station.

crochet artist

Source: Facebook

The elderly woman, whose name is Cathrine, usually sets up her small stand at exit D of the station on weekdays.

She can be seen crocheting a wide variety of products by hand for hours, each one unique in itself.

crochet artist

Source: Viral Kindness SG on Facebook

According to Ms. Dutta, Ms. Cathrine diligently follows the pattern books and always creates new things in order to attract more customers.

She even takes custom orders and is ready to create anything a customer wants.

Bad activity for a few days

Unfortunately, times have been tough for Madame Cathrine.

When Ms. Dutta bought crocheted bottle racks, it was the first time Ms. Cathrine had sold something in a matter of days. It touched her so much that she burst into tears.

In a note seen in Ms Dutta’s video, Ms Cathrine explained that she needed money to support her sister financially.

Source: Viral Kindness SG on Facebook

Although Ms Dutta did not know Ms Cathrine personally, she felt a great deal of sympathy for the elderly woman, who spends long hours sitting there and crocheting.

She included Madame Cathrine’s number in her message, indicating that customers can contact her directly to place an order.

She pointed out that Madame Cathrine was not looking for any donations – just clients who would like to appreciate her work.

In response, netizens praised Ms Dutta for helping to publicize someone in need.

Source: Viral Kindness SG on Facebook

Some even said they would place orders with Madame Cathrine, delighted with the beauty of her work.

Source: Viral Kindness SG on Facebook

I hope business improves for Madame Cathrine

Times are tough for everyone right now, but some groups are struggling more than others.

Congratulations to Mrs. Dutta for helping Mrs. Cathrine. Hopefully, with the power of social media, Madame Cathrine’s business gets a much-needed boost.

If you want to get some crochet items for yourself or a loved one, drop by the station or contact Madame Cathrine via the details here to place an order. We are sure it will make him happy.

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Featured image adapted from Viral Kindness SG on Facebook.