A 92-year-old woman seeks to make a difference for Ukrainian children with her yarn and needles.
Jean Wright makes and sells “good eggs” to raise funds for the Red Cross in the hope that Ukrainian children will receive the supplies they desperately need to return to a normal childhood one day.
“It’s the tool [the needle] to take care of the rotten eggs there,” she said. “I said my eggs were good. They are good eggs.”
As a child, Wright was evacuated from her home in England five times during World War II.
“I know what it’s like to feel that intense knot in your stomach as a kid,” she said.
For her eggs, Wright mixes the idea of traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs with the literal meaning of woman’s eggs.
“To a woman, eggs mean hope, birth, rebirth, so I thought that’s what I’ll try,” she said.
The New Hamburg woman spends up to 10 hours a day knitting and has already sold 30 eggs in less than two days.
“I have bad arthritis in my hands, but I don’t have pain, and that’s the main thing,” she said.
Wright is now looking to recruit other artisans who would work and sell individually and donate on the honor system.
Instructions on how to make knitted eggs.
“Suppose 10, 100 or 1,000 women knit three eggs and sell them for $10 each, send the money to the Red Cross, that could be thousands of dollars,” she said.
Wright says she often remembers an old Fred Astaire song “I put all my eggs in a basket” when working for its title as well as the lyrics “I bet everything I got on you” .
“I bet everything on Ukrainians,” she said.