Henry County woman crochets hundreds of hats for school children

Henry County woman crochets hundreds of hats for school children

HENRY COUNTY, OH (WTOL) - One local 87-year-old has a talent, and she is using that to keep children warm during the winter.

"Twelve stitches, then I do 24 stitches, then 36 and then 48 and then when I get to 48, I do 16 rows," explains Nellie Retcher about her crocheting technique.

The farm widow with seven kids, 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren keeps her hands busy making hats for school children.

"This year I have made 325," says Nellie.

Come this fall, the hats will be d ropped off at elementary schools in Henry and Defiance Counties, all for kids who may not otherwise have a hat to keep them warm.

Last year, she donated hundreds to 12 school programs.

"Holgate school, Ayersville school, Napoleon school, so yes... I get around," laughs Nellie about the places she's donated.

Holgate Elementary School says the handmade donations make a big difference for students.

"When they act so thrilled to see them, it makes me feel so good and so warm," says Nellie.

While Nellie has known how to crochet for quite some time, it was only about five years ago that she started making the hats.

When her husband of nearly 65 years passed away, she says crocheting keeps her hands and mind busy and simply keeps her going.

"I won't dare tell you what I tell my family. I tell them, 'it keeps me out of the bars!!' Better not put that on TV! You better cut that right there!" Nellie jokes.

Sorry Nellie! It was too good not to share.

If you can believe, Nellie is also an avid reader. She's read 77 books so far this year.

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