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"Lapghans" Bring Holiday Cheer to Residents

Lexi Herron presenting colorful lapghans to Lynn Matsick and Jillian Garber photo

Lexi Herron (center) is shown presenting colorful lapghans to Lynn Matsick, the activities director at the Residence at Hilltop, (left) and Jillian Garber the activities assistant.
(December 23, 2013 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Storybooks and television specials present Santa's elves as jovial men and women dressed in green felt suits with pointed hats. They also can be dressed in jeans and be former school teachers as was the case earlier this month when Lexi Herron, of Finleyville, visited the Residence at Hilltop, in Carroll Township, to deliver 19 crocheted "lapghans" that she hand crafted for the residents. Mrs. Herron calls her creations lapghans because they are smaller than the average afghan - an ideal size for people to place on their laps.

"My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was in the eighth grade," said Mrs. Herron. "I enjoyed crocheting but I taught civics and economics in Bethel Park and helped my husband with his business so there was little time left to crochet. "When I retired in 2004, I made an afghan for every person in my extended family."

Mrs. Herron's first donation of lapghans was to Fayette Home Care & Hospice, the contact made by her sister, a dietitian at Uniontown Hospital at the time. In addition to donating lapghans to the hospice three times, she also donated 20 lapghans to the residents of the Presbyterian Home in Washington this past September.

"Each of my lapghans is a little different from the others," she explained. I use different colors of yarn and crochet some in pastels and others in vibrant colors. I have made them in red, white and blue for veterans and black, gold and white for Steelers fans."

When she began crocheting lapghans to donate to hospices and assisted-care facilities, Mrs. Herron purchased the yarn on her own. Once word spread that she was crocheting for patients, people began to send her yarn which she gladly accepted. Mrs. Herron welcomes donations of yarn. White and black, along with red, blue and gold are needed. For more information or to learn how you can donate yarn, contact Mrs. Herron at - please write "yarn" in the subject line of the email or call 724-348-8214 afternoons or evenings only.

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