Joplin resident gives away crocheted hats, scarves and headbands to spread kindness

Resident wants to give back after being blessed

Hooks, needles and a lot of yarn are all that Pam Parcell needs to stay busy for hours.

“It’s a huge stress reliever for me. I just love it,” says Parcell.

She started crocheting several years ago to feel closer to her mother.

“My mom passed away when I was 15, and she had crocheted. So, I picked up a book and her crochet hook,” explains Parcell.

Now, several years later, she makes things and gifts them to her family for Christmas.

This year though, she decided to do something a little more special.

“I had finished three different projects that I had made for Christmas, and I had all this leftover yarn and I thought I am not gonna just stick it in a tote,” she says. “And I thought, well, I’ll make little things like hats or something. And I didn’t really want to give them to an organization cause I was afraid they’d get lost in the shuffle. So I thought I’d just stick a couple out here on my fence and see how it works.”

That was on November 15th, and not even a month later, there’s been more than 40 different hats, scarves, and headbands taken from her fence.

“I didn’t think I’d actually be almost out. It’s crazy,” says Parcell.

But, to fully understand why she’s giving back, you have to go back to August when she herself received a huge blessing.

“The last car my husband had got together in 2003, he knew was gonna give up the ghost. And then he passed away four years ago. Well, of course, I never got a different car, and at the beginning of the summer this year it gave up the ghost,” she explains. “A family member said that God had told him to get me transportation. So in that thorough huge blessing that God is constantly faithful over, I wanted to be faithful to God and be a blessing to others.”

For some like Miranda Wyrick who got a hat of the fence a few weeks ago, it’s a bigger blessing than Parcell could ever know.

“I’ve been staying at Soul’s Harbor for two months now. When I left my home, I was leaving a life of drugs behind,” says Wyrick. “I didn’t know that there were people in Joplin that cared that much about others. It’s amazing.”

“If this is a way that I can serve and be able to do something that I love as well, then that’s why God gave me the gift that I have,” says Parcell. “And anyone that can make things can serve as well. Whether it be crocheting hats, knitting hats, sewing. Whatever it is they can serve God as well and contribute to others that may be in need.”

In the end, it’s another reminder of how something as simple as a hat on a fence can make a big difference in someone’s life.

Parcell says she has enough yarn and bags but invites anyone with winter hats or scarves to put them on her fence so more people can be impacted. She just wants the hats and scarves that are given to be something other than wool, since some people are allergic.

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