BRITT — Students in the North Iowa Area Community College’s Health Academy class enjoyed giving blankets to residents of Westview Care Center almost as much as the residents enjoyed receiving them.
The NIACC class, made up of high school students from West Hancock, Garner-Hayfield-Ventura and Forest City, made about 50 blankets as part of a service project.
For many of the students, it was their first time crocheting. Many caught on quickly and some even said they want to continue making blankets.
“Learning to make them wasn’t too bad,” West Hancock senior Erik Ott said. “Now I have to make my dad one, I guess.”
Forest City senior Jordan Williams also found he enjoyed crocheting the blankets and said he wants to crochet more.
“It was peaceful, cleared my mind and gave me something to do,” Williams said.
First-time crocheter Forest City senior Merrisa Petersen said it was fun to pick out the colors that she used in her blankets.
Many of the students agreed that their favorite part of the project was handing out the blankets to the residents earlier this month.
Ott said his favorite part was “giving them to them and seeing how people reacted to them.”
GHV senior MiKayla Jones said the residents’ reactions were heartwarming.
“I liked seeing their expressions and seeing how they enjoyed it,” she said.
Williams said he liked seeing the smiles on their faces.
Forest City senior Christina Davison said that although it took a long time to make the blankets, “it was rewarding in the end” because she could “see their faces when they got them.”
Westview marketing director Angela Wirth said, “I think it’s important for kids to learn about giving back without getting back anything in return except a smile. It’s an important lesson to learn.”
The residents all enjoyed their blankets and she said their favorite part was seeing the kids.
Westview resident Shirley Michel was impressed with all of the work the children had done.
“Not many children do that anymore,” she said.
“I think they’re beautiful,” Michel said of the blankets, adding hers is something she can hang on to and treasure.
Allison Ullmann is a reporter for the Britt News-Tribune, another Lee Enterprises newspaper.