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Homeless community making hats for heart health

For the past month, LTHC clients have been loom-knitting little red hats to be donated to babies suffering from various heart conditions

Posted: Jan. 20, 2019 9:11 PM
Updated: Jan. 21, 2019 9:15 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Homeless doesn't mean helpless at Lafayette Transitional Housing Center.

Since the beginning of 2019, LTHC clients have been loom-knitting little red hats to be donated to babies suffering from various heart conditions.

Kiedron Carter, a LTHC client is one of many who's been knitting hats for the cause.

“We're making the little hats, for big hearts for the American Heart Association for the preemie babies or any baby really that has heart disease,” said Carter.

American Heart Association is collecting the hats and will distribute them in February in honor of American Heart Month. Carter said all it takes is one needle, some yarn, and a lot of compassion.

“Doing something by hand, making it for a baby, that shows that you have time, energy, patience and love in your heart to do this for a baby that you might not ever see, meet ever in life,” said Carter.

Carter has taken on the title of resident loom-knitting expert and has been teaching other clients how to knit. David Miller, a LTHC client said once he knew what the hats were for, he was all in.

“They said they were making hats for premature babies with heart disease and I had to get in there and make me one,” said Miller.

Miller said there are some misconceptions about the homeless community.

“People, when they think of the homeless community they don't think there's anybody there that's gonna be willing to do anything for anybody but themself. Not all homeless people are selfish and self-centered and worry about just themselves,” said Miller.

He said in fact, it's the opposite, especially when it comes to the kids.

“Kids touch people's hearts, it's amazing how many people and, believe it or not, what kind of people will do whatever needs to be done for kids,” said Miller.

LTHC is encouraging the community to participate. You can come to the center and make your own or donate loom-knitting tools to the center.

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