Commack High School junior Heather Millman is spreading warmth in her community by starting a club at her local temple to loom winter hats.
The knitwear made by Millman and other members of the new group is donated to families in need at the Northwell Health Dolan Family Health Center in Greenlawn.
“Anyone can basically do it,” said Millman, 16. “It’s always important to help people stay warm and survive the winter.”
The club, started at Temple Beth David in Commack, has six members who have completed about two dozen hats so far, she said.
The effort served as the community service component of her Gold Award, the highest honor that can be earned by a Girl Scout. Millman is a member of Troop 1967.
To help get the group started, Millman spoke to the temple’s Hebrew classes, attracting participants and receiving donations of looms and yarn from temple members. She estimated it can take up to three hours to make a hat, and said some participants knit scarves as well.
The club meets every Tuesday afternoon.
“She is an exceptional young woman,” said Jane Oberwager Gaines, chairwoman of the temple’s Isaiah 58 Social Action Committee. “She is a patient teacher who shows kindness and supportiveness.”
Millman also is a member of her school’s marching band and poetry club. — Michael R. Ebert