School bus driver knits hats for pupils

School bus driver knits hats for pupils (LiquidLibrary)

A school bus driver from Connecticut, US has been praised for her generous knitting after creating handmade hats to warm the heads of children on her bus.

Norwalk bus driver Lettie Nash has put smiles on the faces of the 40 students who ride her bus to Cranbury Elementary School by knitting each of them a brightly coloured item of headgear.

Ms Nash told local newspaper, The Hour, that she first began making the hats during the recent Superstorm Sandy.

"It's relaxing for me to do and I made a lot of them during the Hurricane (Sandy) because I didn't have anything else to do!" she said.

The bus driver said that she started off making one or two for cold kids on the bus and pretty soon everyone asked for one, meaning the 59-year-old now makes between three and four a day.

While Ms Nash is clearly passionate about her knitting, she admitted that the best part of giving the hats is seeing the bright smiles which overwhelm the children's faces.

"They get so excited and say 'thankyou Miss Lettie'," she said, before adding "the parents really appreciate it too. They have been so happy".

Ms Nash's boss, Theresa Taylor, told the newspaper that the hats represented the generous nature of the school bus driver.

"Lettie is just a wonderful human being. She struggles herself financially and still did this because she knew the kids wanted it so much," Ms Taylor explained.

Despite currently being busy making knitted hats, Ms Nash occasionally also makes blankets, hats and scarves, largely for friends, family and fundraising.

However, she also sells some pieces to bring in a little extra income.

Ms Nash has refused to take any money from the children for the hats and insists that their gratitude is more than enough reward.

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