Hook 'n Needle Charities Club crochet and knit hand-made gifts for every newborn at Livingston Hospital

LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - More than 70 hands are working overtime every month to craft hand-made gifts for every baby born in an East Texas hospital.

More than 450 newborns born this year have gone home with a special something thanks to the Hook 'n Needle Charities Club.

For 13 years, dozens of ladies have been knitting, crocheting and sewing for the children of Polk County.

"We started with the babies that are born here in Polk County in Livingston hospital because a lot of them are low income and some of them don't even have a blanket to take their baby home" said Hook ''n Needle founder and advisor, Joan Reeves. "We do blankets, caps, booties, and scratch mittens for all the babies that are born."

Reeves started the charity because she loves to crochet and wanted an outlet to share her excess yarn with so she thought about babies and how they all deserve something special.

"We care about children and we think the children deserve to know that somebody cares about them. They may not know you. They many not know who you are but we really do care about the kids and want them to know that somebody loves them," said Reeves.

The group has made more than 2,000 hand-crafted gifts for children this year alone and has since added more projects to their repertoire like empty stocking.

"We did 877 gifts to give to the children with Empty Stocking," said Reeves. "We really concentrate on the teenagers because I feel like teenagers get forgotten. We like to focus on things like caps and scarves, slippers, mittens, purses, throws for the teenagers to use when they're laying on the floor watching tv."

None of the gifts are ever sold. They are all donated to the children of Polk County.

The group knits or crochets at their own leisure then meets once a month, bring what they've made to Livingston Memorial Hospital and enjoy each other's company.

The club is always looking for volunteers and donations of yard, fabric or money to buy materials.

If you don't know how to crochet, no problem. They will teach you. All they ask in return for the lesson is that you make items and donate them.

You can contact the Hook 'n Needle Charities Club at: 936-327-1989 or hooknneedle@hotmail.com or just stop by the dining room in the Livingston Memorial Hospital every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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