Snug Hugs for Kids

By on December 3, 2010

Photo: Sally Compton of Elburn knit 105 winter caps this year for the Snug Hugs for Kids: Crochet and Knit-A-Thon, a program conducted by Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops. Photo by Mary Herra

Compton knits hats to spread warmth, holiday cheer
by David Maas
Elburn—The holiday season is in full swing, and Sally Compton, 88, is doing her part to spread joy and warmth to kids in need.

Sally, a retired farmer’s wife, was looking for a way to spend her time as less and less work needed to be done on the farm, and knitting seemed obvious.

“She used to knit all kinds of things,” said Kit Compton, Sally’s daughter, “She even used to knit in movie theaters, in the dark.”

For over eight years, Sally has been participating in the Snug Hugs for Kids: Crotchet and Knit-A-Thon, a program conducted by Merlin 200,000 Mile Shops to provide local children in need with winter attire.

For this year’s drive, Sally knitted a collection of 105 winter hats, estimating that she has donated well over 800 hats to the program since she has been a part of it.

“No hats are ever repeated,” Sally declared, pointing to the hats, most of which were brightly colored, some even resembling a box of crayons, “They are all different combinations,” she added.

Sally has already started knitting hats for next year’s drive, thinking of all of the kids who will wear her hats as she knits.

“I think it makes two people warm,” explained Sally, “The children that will wear the hats, and me while I’m knitting them.”