Pictured above are members of the O-G Crochet Club who created many of the hats and blankets being donated to area agencies, with Rev. Tony Fortman, C.PP.S., of St. John the Baptist Parish. Father Fortman gave his blessings to the donated items - Putnam Sentinel
Pictured above are members of the O-G Crochet Club who created many of the hats and blankets being donated to area agencies, with Rev. Tony Fortman, C.PP.S., of St. John the Baptist Parish. Father Fortman gave his blessings to the donated items. (Putnam Sentinel/Martin Verni)

OTTAWA — A wide assortment of hand-made hats and blankets were donated to two local service agencies thanks to the hard work by Ottawa-Glandorf Students. The O-G Crochet Club consists of over 100 hundred students from grades 5-11. This includes students from the Ottawa-Glandorf High School, as well as all three Ottawa-area elementary schools.

In total, the students estimated that the total time it took to create all of the hats and blankets being donated by the club at 125 hours. None of it reportedly felt like work though. Many of the students said they find the practice to be relaxing, and that they often lose track of time when working on a project. Doing so for a good cause seems to motivate the students as well, with one saying, “It’s a really cool way to bring together a hobby and a service.”

This sentiment was reflected by one of the donation recipients, with Mary Ricker from Jobs & Family Services saying, “To have something homemade, that’s just amazing.”

The hats created by the students will go to the Heartbeat Pregnancy Center Putnam County, a recently opened extension office of Heartbeat of Lima. The blankets are being donated to Putnam County Jobs & Family Services, and will be given to children currently under foster care.

High School Secretary, Deb Kuhlman started the club and serves as student advisor. She gave many of the students their first lesson, and visits one group at each of the schools every Monday and Wednesday. Now in its third year, Kuhlman says the club plans more community projects for the future.

They are also planning a fundraiser for the new year, and accept donations. However, one donation they do not yet need is more wool. As related by Kuhlman, a yarn shop in Washington State closed, moving it inventory into to storage unit, where it sat since 2009. Recently, the owners decided to donate their remaining stock, and the O-G Crochet Club ended up with a trailer packed full of different kinds of wool, many of a very high quality.

As the donations of the hats and blankets demonstrate, the windfall of wool is being put to very good use.