ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — “We even have crotchet hooks with lights on the end so we can do it in the dark,” says Karol Faurie, the President of Hearts to Hands.
16 women come together over their love for crotcheting.
“But this is a unique talent and for us to be able to give from our hearts, that’s the name of the group Hearts to Hands, it’s from our hearts to to your hands, it means the world to all of us,” said Faurie.
Karol Faurie began Hearts to Hands a year ago as a way to give back, but the intricate process to crotchet one of these together takes serious womanpower.
“Each blanket probably has anywhere depending on the size and the complexity of the blanket anywhere between 20 hour to 40 hours to 60 hours per blanket,” she said.
On Thursday, a handful of new babies had their chance to don the new gear during SwedishAmerican Community Baby Shower.
“We partnered with SwedishAmerican about a year ago and we’ve been donating a lot of blankets to pediatrics, moms and babies and then they contacted us for this baby shower, so we have 125 handmade crotchet blankets, pair of booties and hats for the moms and moms to be,” Faurie said.
However, their love doesn’t just come in pint size booties and blankets: they also serve as comfort for some of the stateline’s most vulnerable.
“We also do things for veterans organizations, we do things for the cancer center, we do things for numerous groups; turning point for domestic violence we donate items to them. Wherever there’s a need we try to be there,” Faurie said. “As a group we make decisions on where our donations are going to go, what organizations we’re going to take on. If anyone has a specific-we have a member who has a daughter with cancer and she wants to donate to the cancer center to give back so we all have similar interest and we do it because we all truly love to give.”
The women from Hearts to Hands pay for all of their yarn out of pocket and they are always looking for donations to help them provide more blankets to those in need across the stateline.
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