Ehrlich brings comfort through blanket program

Karen Ehrlich donated blankets she made to Sheriff Robert Craft of Marion County Sheriff's Office in order for deputies to have blankets to give to those in need during a crisis. Provided Photo
Karen Ehrlich donated blankets she made to Sheriff Robert Craft of Marion County Sheriff's Office in order for deputies to have blankets to give to those in need during a crisis. Provided Photo
When some people retire, they slow down and get less busy, but Karen Ehrlich has done the opposite.

Rather than just sit in front of the TV in the evenings, she crochets while she watches. So far she has crocheted over a dozen blankets. And she has donated them all to the Marion County Sheriff’s office.

“There are child-sized blankets that are used for a car wreck, domestic dispute or something where a child needs comforting,” said Ehrlich.

It takes her two or three nights to make one.

Ehrlich originally intended to make the blankets through Project Linus in Wichita, but she decided she would rather keep the blankets in Marion County.

“I called Sheriff Craft and he agreed to it and so that’s what I’m doing,” said Ehrlich.

She plans to keep at it and is looking forward to hearing how her blankets are helping kids in crisis.

“I’m retired so if I am going to crochet, I may as well do it for a good cause,” said Ehrlich.