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In early April, while we were stuck home making and baking, it seemed as if Covid-19 had brought the world to a standstill. But it hadn’t; there were all kinds of folks working out in the big, germy world. We saw them at Costco, in postal and UPS trucks, in restaurants, and most importantly, in hospitals, police cars, and ambulances.

Like myself, Cass Gannaway has a daughter she worried about clerking in a grocery store. She considered these two young women and all those mentioned and not mentioned above. And she thought of something she’d seen online and how it could be adapted to the rug hooking community.

What if we started a challenge of hooked hearts? They would hang on doors or some visible place as an outward show of love and appreciation to all the support personnel. Could we start here and post and spread? It seems that if the virus can spread worldwide, maybe this could as well.

We started with our own hearts, and they spread. Here are a couple of examples. It doesn’t have to be large, just visible. Heck, it doesn’t even have to be hooked. Sew a heart, crochet a heart, mold a heart. It doesn’t matter what they’re made of, only that we get them out there.

What do you think? Please hook a heart and help us to thank the heroes: Amy, Tina, Elisabeth, David, and all the others. Hang it, then share it on social media with the #HeartsforHeroes.

Cass Gannaway
Sewanee, TN

Laura Salamy
Albuquerque, NM


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