Joy Boone, the Catawba Crafters
Joy Boone began crocheting small items of clothing for the homeless with her mother at a very young age. Unfortunately, after a long fight with Alzheimer’s her mother lost the ability to crochet, however, Joy has continued the tradition of giving back to the community.
Two years ago Joy founded the Catawba Crafters, a small group of retirees and volunteers in Hickory, North Carolina, who crochet hats for the homeless, as well as lap afghans for nursing home residents. The handmade apparel made by volunteers at Catawba Crafters not only keep people warm; they also keep people safe thanks to reflective yarn that increases visibility at night.
Since starting two years ago, Joy and the Catawba Crafters have personally, financed, made, and donated more than 2,000 hats for the homeless in Hickory and for homelessvets.org, With the money they receive from The Pollination Project Joy and the Catawba Crafters will be able to fund their simple operations to help even more people stay warm and safe.
For more information, please visit the Catawba Crafter’s Facebook page.
GRANT AWARD DATE: October 17, 2015