The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Sandy Hook

December 22, 2012

4 in Valley join global effort for families

Idea born in region links crocheters worldwide

By Rick Dandes

The Daily Item

COAL TOWNSHIP — Colleen Auman and three teens she supervises at Northwestern Academy have joined a worldwide effort to crochet squares to create blankets for those who lost loved ones in the Dec. 14 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

“A friend told me to look online for what Heather Bowling (of Berwick) and Stacy Blass (of Pottsville) were doing,” Auman said. “They’re crocheting squares for blankets that will eventually go to the families, and after that to the first responders. It seemed like a good way to show that we were with them in spirit. And that we cried with them.”

Jazzmyn Guldin, Chelsea Hass and Meriellis Sepulveda are the teens in Auman’s group.

“We just began this project this week after reading about it through a Facebook page that was set up,” Auman said. “I’m not even a crocheter. But the girls are teaching me. It’s fun. We have about 30 squares completed thus far.”

Read more of this story in Sunday's edition of The Daily Item.

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