Photo by Jeylin White
Sandy Wagmiller sorts through the afghans she and members with the Crochet Club made, all of which will be donated to seniors.
JONESBORO — Crocheting is a pastime enjoyed by at least a dozen women who meet at Clayton County Public Libraries Headquarters in Jonesboro every week. For most, it’s a relaxing way to pass the time and create a few heirlooms along the way.
But, now the ladies of the Crochet Club have decided to put their talents to good use.
Member Sandy Wagmiller wanted to give back to her community and decided that making afghans for seniors was the best way to do so.
“My daughter works in a nursing home in Ohio,” said Wagmiller, who has been knitting since she was 7 years old. “She asked me if I would be interested in making lap blankets for the seniors. I thought to myself, ‘Why, sure, that’s a great idea.’ There are so many seniors who don’t have anyone to care for them.”
However, instead donating to her daughter’s nursing home, Wagmiller said she wanted to keep her charitable contributions local.
“There are seniors right here in Clayton who need help,” she said in a voice filled with compassion. “I’m getting old and I know I would want someone to be there for me.”
On a rainy Wednesday afternoon, the ladies of the Crochet Club donated more than 30 afghans and scarves to seniors at the Jonesboro Senior Assisted Living Home.
“It’s something different,” said an elated Sue Roy, activities director for the home. “We’re always looking to have something to give to our seniors and prizes for bingo nights. This will really make them happy.”
Roy said, unfortunately, they have a few seniors who don’t receive visitors on a regular basis. Most of the blankets will go to them.
“This is their home and they’re happy
here,” she said.
“When they do receive donations like this, it makes them feel like they are a part of the community.”
According to Roy, the elderly are often neglected. Family members don’t visit them as much.
“This is why we try to make them comfortable here, because this is their permanent home and it helps when the outside community likes to donate items.”
A few of the ladies in the club helped with the cause.
“I thought it was a fantastic idea,” said instructor Dot Dorsey. “It’s a great way for us to give back to the community and use our talents for a good cause.”
Several members shared her sentiment.
“I love to volunteer,” said Sue McMinn. “I know a lot of the seniors could use an afghan. So it’s a privilege for me to be involved.”
“Anytime I can give back is always a blessing for me,” said Doris Rivers. “I know a lot of times most seniors don’t have the resources to take care of themselves and get the items they will need.”
“I think they will just enjoy the blankets,” said Geneva Johnson. “Seniors get cold a lot so they can use these to keep them warm.”
Dorsey said the class averages 12 members during the school year. In the summer, she said, membership increases.
“It’s so rewarding to for me to see the looks on people’s faces when they finish a project,” said Dorsey. “You can just see the joy in their faces and this donation to the nursing home is even greater.”
The “Crochet Club,” meets every Tuesday and the first and fourth Saturday of each month, from 10 a.m. until noon, at the library headquarters located at 865 Battle Creek Road. The class is free and open to the public.