Crandall Public Library donates handstitched items to those left in the cold

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Hundreds of hats, scarves, mittens and gloves were handstitched with love and handed out to anyone in need in Glens Falls.

Crandall Public Library is known for being a versatile meeting place in the center of Glens Falls. It hosts city meetings and movie nights.

But with snow on the ground and temperatures dropping daily, it saw another glaring need in the community. So its workers put their heads together and used their collective skills and ingenuity to help fix it.

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“Literally, the minute we put them up, they were flying off the line, so to speak,” library director Kathy Nafftaly said.

Over 300 separate items were handmade or donated for a giveaway in city park. Warm gear such as hats, gloves and scarves were hanging from the trees waiting for a victim of the cold to reach out for help.

The volunteer project brought Linda Idecker out of her knitting retirement. She woke up at 1:30 a.m. to finish a scarf.

“It’s having that ability and that skill and being able to bless others,” she said. “While we can do that, we are blessed also.”

Those in need of warm gear were free to pick up whatever they needed off of the trees in front of the library on Thursday. Nafftaly said the people in her community heard a call for assistance and responded in overwhelming numbers.

“I’m a beginning knitter,” she said. “I can see a beginning project. There’s obviously some advanced projects. Anything goes because it’s the community, and it’s everybody helping.”

“Glens Falls is on the way back, and it’s things like this that show the community spirit to me,” Dan Imrie said. “It’s going to help a lot of people. I suspect that everything will be gone by the end of the day, which is a great thing.

Crandall Library aims to nourish people’s souls with books, but the employees wanted to feed people in a way they could appreciate without checking out any books.

“This shows that people at their heart really are for each other and want to help each other,” Nafftaly said.

Donations have closed, but the library will start taking donations of yarn in August.

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