Broken Arrow Seniors Provide Crochet Hats For Newborns At Ascension St. John


Wednesday, December 8th 2021, 11:34 am


BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma -

Broken Arrow Seniors Crochet Group Makes Santa Hats for Newborns

Tulsa's smallest citizens will soon be a little warmer, just in time for the holiday season.

The crochet group at the Broken Arrow Senior Activity Center donated Santa hats to newborns at Ascension St. John this week.

While the ukulele group at the activity center is performing Christmas music, the crochet group down the hall is a bit ahead of schedule when it comes to the holidays.

"Red with a little white tassel, and white trim.” Crochet leader Jean Benzel said.

The ladies who crochet each week are now working on special blankets for hospice patients. Vivian Yeary has been a part of the group for about seven years.

"It's my lifeline, really, at my age,” Yeary said.

For the past six weeks, the group has been putting their combined 150 years of crochet experience to use, for the youngest in Tulsa.

The crochet group makes hats, blankets and other items year-round and this is their first year making Christmas hats for newborns.

"We always love doing baby items,” Benzel said.

Benzel leads the group and said they were able to donate about 75 hats to March of Dimes, which brought the hats to Ascension St. John this week.

"I was able to teach a new method of doing a tassel or a hat topping,” Benzel said. “So we're learning things, new patterns, as we do it."

The hospital plans to take pictures of babies wearing their new hats throughout the month.

While these ladies won't know which little ones end up with their hats, they have this simple message for parents:

"Enjoy them while they're small,” Yeary said.

Keeping Green Country’s youngest a little warmer, all thanks to the young at heart.