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A Stitch in Time

Wednesday, 24 October 2012


Helen Unger is no stranger to a crochet needle. When the 93-year-old Hobart, Indiana resident stopped at the Ancilla Systems office in Hobart recently to drop off another bag full of homemade afghans, she estimated that she has crocheted more than 1,000 items for area charities.  While her creations include mostly “mile-a-minute-stitched” adult and infant blankets, she also has made and donated dozens of hats, scarves, and lap robes.

Ancilla Systems, which provides support services for homeless women and children through Gary’s Sojourner Truth House, and also for the medically at-risk or victimized foster children of East Chicago’s Nazareth Home, delivers Helen's afghans to each location according to need. Additional handmade afghans go to The Loving Hands artisans of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Munster for additional charitable causes.

Helen’s afghan delivery also included a surprise from the Ancilla staff -- belated birthday greetings, a “thank you” cake for her dedication to helping others, and of course a huge bag of yarn as a gift! Somewhat hesitant about her recognition, Helen says she only hopes that others will be inspired to donate yarn so that those in need will keep warm in the coming winter months. To donate yarn, call the Ancilla office in Hobart at (219) 947-8500 or Westminster Presbyterian Church in Munster at (219) 838-3131.