- Associated Press - Sunday, February 12, 2017

BANGOR TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Hundreds of heads are much warmer thanks to the handy work of a special 97-year-old woman.

Victoria Williams, a resident at Sheffield Bay Assisted Living in Bay County’s Bangor Township, leads a weekly knitting club that creates everything from blankets to toe warmers, to winter hats that have made their way across the state.

For the past several years, Williams has made hundreds of hats that she sends to the less fortunate at places like the Ronald McDonald House in Ann Arbor, the Underground Railroad and the Salvation Army.

“I never stopped knitting,” said Williams, who has been perfecting her craft for the past seven decades. “We just send them really to anyone who needs a hat.”

Williams has plenty of help. Each Monday afternoon, she leads a knitting club made up of eight ladies, who have a total of 300 years of knitting and crocheting experience between them. On Monday, Jan. 30, the knitters were busy creating dozens of hats that are to be donated to the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission in Bay City.

The Bay City Times (https://bit.ly/2jYiaAh ) reports that most of the materials the women receive are donated to them, but they do go out and buy supplies on occasion.

One of the hats Williams recently made is reversible, offering two designs in the same piece.

“If you don’t like one side of the hat, they have another design to choose from,” Williams said. “I didn’t invent this kind of hat but I improved on it.”

She is also working on a hat specifically for McDonalds’ famous clown, Ronald McDonald. The mascot has visited Sheffield Bay a couple times since Christmas and asked Williams if she could knit him a hat. She is now working on a yellow and red hat that she plans on sending to the Ronald McDonald House when it is complete.

Williams has also made toe warmers for people who have casts on their foot. She got that idea from a housekeeper in Sheffield Bay. A friend of Williams‘ from Mount Pleasant sent her the directions over the Internet on how to make the toe warmers.

Besides knitting hats for donating purposes, several of the members also knit and crochet hats for their grandchildren and great grandchildren.

“In the community we have always had people who have knitted or crocheted, but this is the first time that we have successfully got a group of women together on a consistent basis,” said Jill Devendorf, an activity aide at Sheffield Bay.

Sheffield Bay takes any and all donations of materials that can be used to help knit or crochet clothing. Those who want to help can drop materials off at the assisted living center, 4471 Sheffield Place.

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Information from: The Bay City Times, https://www.mlive.com/bay-city


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