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Hats for ACH patients collected at Mad Hatters tea party

by Susan Holland | November 16, 2021 at 7:26 a.m.
Westside Eagle Observer/SUSAN HOLLAND A tableful of hats in several sizes and a wide variety of colors shows the result of several hours of work by ladies who have been knitting and crocheting hats for patients at Arkansas Childrens Hospital. Dr. Nancy Jones started the project as an activity for her Girl Scout troop and it has expanded to become a part of the "Knitting for Noggins" project at ACH with several women contributing their time and talents to create hats.

GRAVETTE -- A Mad Hatters tea party was held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, at the First Christian Church in Gravette. Ladies who attended worked on crocheting and knitting hats for patients at Arkansas Children's Hospital and enjoyed tea and cookies, sandwiches, cheese and crackers while engaging in the project to show love for children of the area.

Dr. Nancy Jones has been knitting hats for ACH patients for several years. She says she is sometimes called the "Gravette mad hatter" and explains that she started the project when her daughter Rachel was a Girl Scout and she served as a Scout leader. She taught the girls in the Scout troop to knit hats on looms and they logged several volunteer hours and began contributing hats to the hospital.

The Scout project was soon expanded to become a part of the "Knitting for Noggins" project at Arkansas Childrens Hospital and many thousands of hats have been contributed over the years.

Dr. Jones encourages others to join in knitting hats for the project. Knitters meet periodically at the church to work on hats and she provides knitting looms and yarn for the workers. Ladies who don't know how to knit are invited to come and learn. She hosts a Mad Hatters tea party in the fall to reward those who have helped with the project. Participants gather to socialize, enjoy refreshments and knit.

The hats will be delivered to Arkansas Childrens Hospital Northwest and some will be sent on to ACH in Little Rock.

Westside Eagle Observer/SUSAN HOLLAND
Rosetta Selby (seated) works on knitting a hat while Denise Estes receives instruction from Dr. Nancy Jones at the Mad Hatters tea party Sunday afternoon, Nov. 7, at the First Christian Church in Gravette. Several ladies attended to finish knitting hats for Arkansas Childrens Hospital. Others just dropped off knitted or crocheted hats. They enjoyed tea and cookies, sandwiches, cheese and crackers while showing love for children in the area.
Westside Eagle Observer/SUSAN HOLLAND Rosetta Selby (seated) works on knitting a hat while Denise Estes receives instruction from Dr. Nancy Jones at the Mad Hatters tea party Sunday afternoon, Nov. 7, at the First Christian Church in Gravette. Several ladies attended to finish knitting hats for Arkansas Childrens Hospital. Others just dropped off knitted or crocheted hats. They enjoyed tea and cookies, sandwiches, cheese and crackers while showing love for children in the area.
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