I Care: She'll never lose sight of her quest to help others

July 16, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I Care: Jerry Dillon

Working by feel, 101-year-old hands grasp a green crochet needle and guide rainbow colored yarn through a cluster then out of it to catch the yarn and pull it through again.  She misses.  She tries again, and misses once more, sometimes three times before successfully completing one stich.  Jerry Dillon can only see a grey hole where her beloved project is, having lost most of her sight to macular degeneration in 1998.  “I guess I’m pretty stubborn,” she said. “I’m not going to give up.” 

Dillon has been sewing, knitting and crocheting for charity since the 1940s and doesn’t intend to stop.  She’s discovered one last crochet stitch that she can accomplish despite her blindness, and she gives the afghans that she works on each day to Project Linus, a group that provides handmade blankets to children in need.  She never meets the people who receive her fruits of her labor but she knows that they are appreciated.  “I hope the it’ll keep them warm and they will give something to someone else afterwards,” she said.  “That’s how payback works.”


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