Tyler seniors crochet blankets to give veterans for Christmas

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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) – When Santa is busy before Christmas, his helpers start showing up in our own communities to meet the needs.

This year in Tyler there is a group of ladies at Atria Willow Park Senior Living crocheting blankets to give to veterans for Christmas.

Charlotte Greely is a resident who leads Friday morning crochet classes and encourages women who show up. Greely’s husband had a 23-year career in the Navy. She wanted to do something to give back and carry on her legacy.

“I was sitting there and burning the midnight oil and he would come out and talk to me and tell me how good it was,” she said. “So part of me died with him. I just couldn’t pick up the hook until here. Then I saw the need. »

In July, Greely asked if there was any interest in getting a crochet group together to have veterans’ blankets made at Watkins-Logan Texas State Veterans Home and delivered during Christmas week.

“They came out of the carpentry. You can see what we’ve done, it’s not just me. It’s all those women and I’m so proud of them,” Greely said.

The ladies meet in a communal space, bring yarn, crochet hooks and loving hands. Delores Roy is a resident who is part of the cause. Her father and her husband served in the army.

“I started here, but when I went to my space, my house, I continued and by the time I was done, I came back here and joined the class, I was almost done . I crochet fast when I start. And then I can’t let go of it actually. I put a lot of time into it,” she said.

Marcia Copeland’s father served 22 years in the Air Force and her uncle, 33. She said they instilled in her how great our country is. Copeland said it wouldn’t be without those who serve and have served and that she wants to give back.

“I crocheted intermittently for a while, but my problem is that I left like that. I could never get my corners really square until Charlotte came over and showed me these cute little safety pins. And I pinned it and as you can see they work,” Copeland said. “That touched my heart. That’s why I’m here.”

Greely said there’s no perfect way to crochet, but the ladies show up and get started.

“No two are the same. They are made with love and these ladies put their love into every stitch and every blanket,” Greely said.

The covers vary in color and two are red, white and blue. Greely said these two will go to the oldest male and female veteran in the house to honor their service to this country.

They plan to deliver the covers at Veterans Christmas Week and will work until then. They will probably have 35-40 covers to give away.

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