THAYER -- When Thayer resident Barbara Lofton took on the project of crocheting lap throws and caps for the children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis she was not sure how much, if any, yarn and thread would be donated.
It did not take very many days after The South Missourian News hit the street and mailboxes for Lofton to find out the community was going to respond in a big way.
Last week Lofton took 100 crocheted lap throws and 79 crocheted caps to St. Jude. "I want to thank everyone that donated yarn and helped crochet the lap throws and caps for the children. It was a wonderful outpouring of people in the area who cared enough and had a big heart to help the kids," Lofton said. Lofton had five ladies help her crochet. They were, Cathy Rogers, Betty Garnett, Fern Hickinbotham, Ruth Hendrix and Melrose Trimble.
The South Missourian News was a dropoff spot for the donated thread and yarn. Lofton said there is no way of knowing everyone who left thread and yarn at the SMN office. She did say she appreciated all who left thread at the office and would like to mention these ladies she knows donated thread.
They are: Carolyn Parker, Christy Rogers, Cathy Rogers, Bonnie Taylor, Sarah McGowne, Amy Rosseay, Pat Garcia, Marsha Richey, Dawn Taylor, Melrose Trimble, Marie Hickinbotham, Diana and Shelly Barker, Loretta Mills and Connie Haney.
"We all have big hearts for children. When I took a tour of the hospital it was amazing to see how the sick children handled the situation they were in. They seem to be able to give you a smile. If they can smile we can all smile," she said.
Lofton said yarn was also donated to the Ronald McDonald House for parents to work with while waiting the hours and sometimes days to learn about the medical conditions of their children. She said she would continue to make the throws and caps through the winter months as long as people want to continue donating the yarn and thread. The SMN office, located at 109 Chestnut Street, will continue to be the dropoff point for the items.
Lofton has family members who live in Memphis and work at St. Jude. This helped familiarize her with the hospital and opened her eyes to the need for the throws and caps.
"God bless each and every one of you that helped," she said.