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Tyler veterans receive hand-crocheted blankets for Christmas

Published: Dec. 24, 2021 at 2:26 PM CST
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Residents from Atria Willow Park Senior Living wheeled in hand-crocheted blankets for veterans Friday at Watkins-Logan Texas State Veterans Home. It’s a symbol of their appreciation for those who serve. For the last seven months, the women have been crocheting blankets for hours to give to veterans in time for Christmas.

Charlotte Greely is a Navy veteran’s wife. She started the project after having a hard time with the loss of her husband.

“It ended up working out for me because I made so many connections with veterans and veterans wives. Then I got to thinking the best thing we could do was to make the lap blankets for veterans,” Greely said.

Today the women got to present the colorful, made-from-the-heart pieces to the veterans. The oldest male and female veteran got a red, white, and blue blanket. Residents shared stories about their connections to the different branches.

“It is my honor to give you the blanket for the oldest gentlemen here in this room. For you, red, white, and blue,” she said as she presented him with the blanket.

Chuck Bice is a 98-year-old World War II veteran at the home.

“These blankets were knitted out of love and with love from these ladies, and we appreciate that,” he said.

The day was dedicated to each of the individuals who served.

“I mean, let’s face it; we have our freedom because of the men that served, like my husband. To honor the veterans is our honor,” Greely said.

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