Handmade from the Heart

Nanette Hrdlicka has turned a relaxing pastime into a way to make sure children stay warm this winter. In December 2015, Nanette presented students at Monroe Elementary with dozens of hats and headbands she crocheted by hand. Nanette is donating the items to the school, where they will be distributed to students in need.


Nanette began crocheting when she was just 12 years old. The Mankato resident approached Greater Mankato Area United Way with her idea to donate the items directly to local children, and United Way facilitated the donation.


Monroe principal Steve Johanson was on hand to thank Nanette. “We’ve partnered with United Way for a long time,” he told the students, speaking on the importance of giving back to those in need. According to Barb Kaus, United Way president, it was meaningful to share the act of kindness with the students, who were able to see Nanette’s impressive handiwork up close. Kaus said, “It is so special when people in our community recognize a need and use their skills and talents to help.”