Charity Knits A hat like the one that Morrie Boogart knits for the homeless.

Published on August 9th, 2016 | by Eric


Elderly Man Inspires by Knitting Hats for the Homeless

We all knit for different reasons, but perhaps none so inspirational and thoughtful as Morrie Boogart’s. At 91 years young, Mr. Boogart knits hats for those less fortunate than himself, and has made thousands over the last 15 years (he stopped counting after 8,000). That’s a lot of heads being kept warm thanks to his generosity.

Perhaps the most amazing part of Mr. Boogart’s story is that he continues to knit hats every single day, even though he is confined to a hospice bed, and is diagnosed with skin cancer and has a mass on his kidney.

Speaking about knitting, he says “Why do I do it? It just makes me feel good… This has been the best thing that’s happened to me.”

Using a round loom, which is a suitable alternative when you can no longer knit with needles, he says it takes him about two days to make each hat. Not bad for someone his age, and definitely a reinforcing sign that knitting is truly a lifelong hobby.


Story via Fox 17 West Michigan.

About the Author

is a photographer, copywriter, rock climber, skier, traveler, and aspiring knitter. His work has been been published in many international newspapers, magazines, websites, books and even a billboard in Brooklyn. Crochet is the best.

Last updated: August 9th, 2016.

3 Responses to Elderly Man Inspires by Knitting Hats for the Homeless

  1. Chris Hunt says:

    What a lovely man. I miss the wisdom and friendship of a senior person since my Dad passed away 2 years ago. This man is an inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lorette Torgius says:

    Mr. Boogart is a true inspiration. thank you

  3. Marlene says:

    I work in a nursing home, this man has given me a brilliant idea! Getting a group of ladies together that still have good mobility in their hands, using looms make hats for our homeless in the area! Thank you Mr. Boogart your truly an inspiration.

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