HEMET (CBSLA.com) — Holidays can be a cold and lonely time, especially for people without homes or family.
Bailey Doucette spends hours crocheting hats, scarves and ponchos. She even makes them for children.
Doucette sells some of her wares but she gives much of them to homeless people in Hemet.
CBS2’s Adrianna Weingold sat down with Doucette to talk about her warm and fuzzy mission.
“It’s super cold out there. They have nothing, and I thought I could take something I taught my self and apply it to some good, to make them warm, make them a little more comfortable at night,” says Doucette.
She started Keltz Crochet and Hats for the homeless two years ago after seeing families shivering on the sidewalk.
But Doucette told Weingold she didn’t stop with the clothing. She also hands out what she calls blessing bags with shampoo, soap, food even handmade washcloths.
Homelessness hits especially close to home for Doucette. Her father is homeless in Florida, and she hopes that someone is taking care of him just like she takes care of so many people in Hemet.
“I oftentimes think about what if this was someone’s dad or aunt or uncle or mother or their own child? Being that I’m a mom, I think about how sad it is if it’s people’s children out living on the street, and they don’t have anything for themselves,” says Doucette.
So she leaves the clothing and blessing bags on benches, along with a note that says “I am not lost. If you find yourself stuck in the cold, take an item to keep you warm.”
For a link to the Keltz Crochet Facebook page, click here.