Hooked helping hospice
by Lisa Tome
Debbie Leciston is left handed in a world where it's more common to use the other hand.
When she wanted to learn to crochet, it was challenging to find someone who could teach her.
"A teacher in high school started me out. Now I go on You Tube. People here help me too," said Leciston, 61.
She's put her needlework to good use - helping others.
Leciston attends the Elkton Senior Center's programs. Members of the Ladybugs, a group within the center, regularly crochet/knit items to help other organizations.
Currently, until mid summer, they are making and donating items to a local hospice.
"I donated three blankets and a shawl this morning. I've always been a giver. Everything I make, I wind up giving it away. I love to help," said Leciston.
The seniors are being asked to make and donate shawls and lap blankets in any color and design until July 14. They will then be donated collectively on behalf of the center and the Ladybugs.
Sally Walls has donated hundreds of items that she has made to various causes over the last eight years. She made both dolls and scarves for a breast cancer benefit.
"It takes me two or three hours for a shawl and five days for a blanket if I'm here (at the center)," said Walls.
"But this morning I had to fix an iPad," she added.
Walls has been doing needlework since the 1980s. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and had chemo. She had to keep still during her treatment so she learned to crochet.
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