Se­niors turn­ing do­nated yarn into afghans for the troops

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA -

N O RT H A MP T O N TOWN­SHIP - Armed with plenty of yarn, mem­bers of the Northamp­ton Town­ship “Afghans for Sol­diers Project” now have enough ma­te­rial to make 50 hand­made afghans to warm the troops.

A van full of yarn ar­rived re­cently at the se­nior cen­ter, a gift from the sixth grade stu­dents at the Churchville Ele­men­tary School who asked each stu­dent at­tend­ing the school’s USO-themed Valen­tine’s dance to bring a do­na­tion of yarn.

Kathy Gurevitch, the pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor of the Northamp­ton Se­nior Cen­ter, and Ni­cole Christ­mann, a Churchville par­ent, ini­tially hoped to have some of the se­niors show the kids how to swing dance. Un­for­tu­nately, cir­cum­stances pre­vented that from tak­ing place.

But in the process, Christ­mann learned about the se­nior’s afghan project from Lorri Lough­lin, a lo­cal Lib­erty USO vol­un­teer. One con­ver­sa­tion led to an­other and they came up with the idea of ask­ing each stu­dent to do­nate yarn at the dance.

Ni­cole Christ­mann and her sixth grade daugh­ter Ash­ley de­liv­ered the yarn to the cen­ter last week where a team of se­niors, led by Anna Kin­son, will be us­ing it to make afghans for de­ploy­ing mil­i­tary at the Fort Dix/Maguire Air Force Base.

Lib­erty USO vol­un­teer Lorri Lough­lin as­sists in co­or­di­nat­ing the de­liv­ery ef­fort and mak­ing sure the afghans reach the troops.

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