WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - On Saturday, thousands of jackets will be distributed at this year's Coats for Kids drive at the Salvation Army.
But one West Lafayette resident took it upon herself to make sure this year there is more than just coats.
Everywhere Carol Huston goes, her needles and yarn go with her.
The 63-year-old West Lafayette resident spends day in and day out knitting hats for children.
But knitting wasn't always her passion. Her love for the art came four years ago when she was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer.
“Because of my shaking, I can't paint anymore,” Huston explained. “So here I sat so sick, I couldn't do anything.”
At one point, doctors told Huston's family she wasn't going to make it.
“They told my husband that nobody gets over this type of cancer,” Huston said.
But even though she's down to just 77 pounds, Huston continues to beat the odds, all while making a difference in thousands of lives.
"You just can't imagine the warmth that goes through your body,” Huston said. “To see this child so happy and knowing that his or her little ears and top of their head will keep warm. Oh my word, that alone is enough. It truly is."
Before Huston got sick, she'd spend her time volunteering at the Salvation Army. She said although she can't volunteer her time anymore, she wasn't ready to cut her tight knitted ties to the organization, just yet.
Instead, she donated nearly 600 of her hand-crafted hats to this year's Coats for Kids drive.
"At least I'm helping people and doing something,” Huston said. “And life isn't just poof, passing me by, you know?”
"Her desire is to make sure children are kept warm this winter,” Major Jim Irvine with the Salvation Army said. “You wonder what can one person do? 575 items right here, from someone who is only 77 pounds. Wow, it's amazing."
“I don't think this is the only thing the Lord has for me to do before I leave this earth,” Irvine said. “I truly believe there's something else.”
Huston has donated more than 10-thousand children's hats to different organizations.
She said she can never have too much yarn.
To donate yarn to her cause, you can mail it to P.O Box 94 Battle Ground, Indiana 47920.
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