Seniors turning donated yarn into afghans for the troops
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.