Tallgrass Estates resident donates hundreds of hand-knit hats to Salvation Army
In a wonderful celebration of the season of giving, Betty Douglas knitted more than 150 hats to keep her community of Bartesville, Oklahoma, warm this holiday season.
When Betty learned that her senior living community, Holiday Retirement at Tallgrass Estates, would be collecting hats, socks and scarves as donations for the Salvation Army of Bartlesville, OK, she wanted to go above and beyond with her contribution.
“I’ve always loved knitting for my friends and family, but I’ve never had an occasion to knit for others,” said Betty. “When I heard about the donation to the Salvation Army, I wanted to make a difference in the community, and Tallgrass Estates rallied behind me.”
As it turns out, knitting isn’t just good for the community, it’s also great for your health. According to a The New York Times article, knitting can improve cognitive function and contribute to a better memory and lower rates of depression. Not to mention knitting can also help manage chronic pain conditions, like arthritis, while instilling a sense of purpose and high self-esteem in older populations.
Before they were donated to the Salvation Army, Betty’s hand-knit hats served as festive Christmas tree decorations in the retirement community, contributing to the festive spirit of the holidays at Holiday Retirement. If you’re interested in learning more, reach out to us.
“The Salvation Army donation really energized our community this year,” said Cathy Roberts, enrichment coordinator for Tallgrass Estates. “Everyone was so excited to contribute to the cause. We ended up with $106, 138 hats, 145 pairs of socks, 50 pairs of gloves, 6 scarves, 4 earmuffs and 5 teddy bears. The Bartlesville community will be a little bit warmer as a result.”
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