Stacy Robertson
Stacy Robertson
August 19, 2023 ·  3 min read

87-Year-Old Woman Knits 75 Hats To Help Keep Children Warm This Winter

This heartwarming tale about kindness and humanity is probably what you need to read now. It is one that goes to show that there are still genuinely good people out there who are truly selfless. 

A true hero 

An 87-year-old woman in Massachusetts spent months doing something truly incredible. She knitted 75 hats for children, and she hoped the hats would help them keep warm this winter. This guardian angel prefers to remain anonymous but her kindness speaks volumes. She feels like what she did would be a way to give back to the community since she isn’t as active as she was in her youth anymore. [1]

How much work did she have to do? 

She probably doesn’t see it as ‘work’ but still, it took her about one day to make each hat. In an interview with Boston25news, she said, “I like doing them. I think it’s fun. I just like to stay in the background. Just because it makes me feel good that I can do something for someone.” 

Sometimes she donates her hats to homeless shelters and she intends to do the same next year. “Just these little things would mean so much to someone who doesn’t have anything. If I ever see anybody in Market Basket or something wearing one of the hats, I’d be thrilled to pieces,” she said

Litsa Pappas tweeted the story and got numerous comments from people who were in awe of such kindness. [2]

They were snatched up almost immediately 

After she was done with the hats, her daughter put each one in a zip lock bag and hung them around the fence of a local park — Nelson Memorial Park in Plymouth, Massachusetts. In just a couple of days, they were almost all gone. [3] 

Would you like to help? 

This story has probably inspired you to do something to help kids out this winter. Right now in the United States, it is brutally cold. This is due to the big freeze that engulfed America after the issue of the bomb cyclone snowstorm. Weather forecasts show very low temperatures and wind chill maps show it will feel even colder than it is now. [4] 

How can you help the less privileged? 

It doesn’t matter if you can knit or not. You can donate a winter coat to kids through Coats for Kids — a Children’s Charity Foundation that has given over 18,000 coats to children from 30 local charities and organizations in Washington, D.C. [5]

However, if you can knit, you could volunteer at Warm Up America. This charity organization provides hand-knitted and crocheted blankets as well as other clothing and accessories made by various volunteers to people in need. You can donate your time to crochet and knit 7” x 9” rectangles or even an entire blanket. You could also donate money to help with shipping and other logistics. [6] 

All in all, there are several ways you can help. Thank you to that incredible Grandma who has restored our faith in humanity. 


  1. 87-Year-Old Woman Spent Months Knitting 75 Hats To Keep Strangers Warm This Winter.” A Plus. Ariana Marini. Accessed November 30, 2019.
  2. Anonymous Woman Knits 75 Winter Hats For Those In Need.” Boston 25 News. Admin. Accessed November 30, 2019.
  3. US weather map: How cold is it in the USA right now? Big freeze MAPPED.” Express. Alice Foster. Accessed November 30, 2019.
  4. Coats for Kids.” CCFDC. Admin. Accessed 30-11-2019.
  5. Warm-up America.” Warm Up America. Editor. Accessed November 30, 2019.