“Because there's a need. I was raised that you help.”

Meghan Overdeep
April 4, 2018

 

People use a variety of tools to help others. Some use their voices, some use their feet, and others use their kitchens.  Sixty-five-year-old Carolyn Herr uses her crochet hooks.

Since 2005, Herr has been devoting four to six hours each day to handcrafting items that she sells to raise money to buy food, clothing and other provisions for Oklahoma City's homeless.

“Because there's a need,” Herr told NewsOK. “I was raised that you help.”

On Saturdays you can find her selling crocheted and other handmade items at the weekly OSU-OKC Farmers Market. Herr says she takes no salary from the endeavor.

“If I did, I wouldn't have money to take care of other people,” she explained to NewsOK.

Herr describes herself as a fiber artist, and “in-house artist and head volunteer” for Herr Projects Inc., which she founded about 12 years ago. All the money she raises goes toward purchasing food, clothing, blankets and other items she, her husband, and a several volunteers distribute to area homeless on Christmas Day.

Herr told NewsOK that this past Christmas they were able to gift $10,000 worth of goods— backpacks, fleece blankets, washcloths, underwear, T-shirts, gloves, socks, nonperishable food items and dog food—to about 600 people.

“I can't describe the feeling on Christmas Day,” she told the site. “In addition to the things we give them, we also give out about a thousand hugs. These people are starved for love. I feel like I'm helping restore some dignity.”

You can find Herr selling her wares every Saturday (except the Saturday after Christmas) at the OSU-OKC Farmers Market located at 400 N Portland Avenue in Oklahoma City.  Follow her on Facebook here.