Beanie knitting at Buckland nursing home during COVID

One thousand beanies later: Springwood's Nelda Kavanagh has been hard at work during COVID. Pictured with Talisa Rollins. Photo: Peter Kemp.
One thousand beanies later: Springwood's Nelda Kavanagh has been hard at work during COVID. Pictured with Talisa Rollins. Photo: Peter Kemp.

While lots of us have tried to make our time during COVID-19 productive, Springwood's Nelda Kavanagh has made sure of it.

The 88-year-old knitted her 1000th beanie for the charity, Operation Christmas Child, this year while in lockdown in the Donald Coburn Wing at Buckland Aged Care.

"In the last six months... I've knitted a lot more. I might knit one a day because I haven't had anything else to do," she said.

Mrs Kavanagh uses a combination of bought and donated wool, ensuring every beanie is unique.

"There is not one the same. They are all different," she said.

The former Blaxland resident has always had an interest in craft, from patchwork to painting to pottery. She said she is unlikely to stop knitting anytime soon.

"It's something to do with your hands while you're watching TV. I always feel it's a waste of time just sitting and watching TV. I like to be doing something at the same time."

Operation Christmas Child is a global initiative of the Christian organisation, Samaritan's Purse, where volunteers pack shoeboxes with toys, hygiene items, school supplies and fun gifts for children living overseas.

One of the Springwood organisers, Helen Herculson, said shoeboxes from Australia have gone to places like Fiji, Tonga, and the Philippines

"It makes a tremendous impact on the life of the child and, in turn, the family, and goes on to have ripples into the community," she said.