Crocheting for a cause


GREAT BEND, Kan. (KSNW) — A passion for crocheting brought two women together at Cherry Village, a care facility in Great Bend.

Dorothy Reif, 86, spends her time crocheting for her grandkids, Cherry Village staff and others.

Reif’s most recent project includes crocheting a blanket for a local non-profit, Kans for Kids. Reif’s grandchildren started it in 1994, so it holds a special place in her heart.

She wanted to donate a crocheted blanket but she knew she coudln’t do it on her own. Reif is legally blind.

The facility’s medication aide, Judith Preito, wanted to learn more about crocheting so she offered to help.

Preito helps Reif coordinate colors and create the blanket base. It may seem like a simple task to most, but Reif appreciates Preito’s help so that she can donate a blanket to an organization she wants to help.

“If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be able to, because she’s picked out some easy stitches for me to do that I can do and not mess up like I did there at first,” said Reif.

Reif and Preito have also made many blankets for the grandkids of facility residents. One nurse even offered to buy a blanket from them.

The two consider each other friends, and say they’ve learned a lot from their time together.