During the Second World War, Bob Bolton, a recipient of the Bronze Star for valor (he dug trapped men from collapsed trenches with his bare hands) served in Okinawa and the Philippines as a medic and used his hands to patch up wounds and save lives. Today, 93 year old Bolton still uses those same hands that saved countless of lives during the Second World War to knit hats that bring happiness to other veterans.
Bob Bolton’s long time hobby was woodworking. He was just forced to give up his woodworking hobby when his leg’s started to gave out more than 2 years ago. Bolton was bored. Then one day, he saw his wife knitting some hats. He then thought to himself, “what the heck” then he decided to take a crack at it.
After his wife taught him the basics of knitting, Bolton’s knitting skills just took off. Bolton’s new hobby was born.
In the beginning, Bolton usually takes about 5 hours to finish a single knitted hat. Today, he can finish 2 hats in less than 5 hours.
Bolton’s new hobby of knitting hats has produced him quite a number of finished hats in which he doesn’t know what to do with them or where to store them. And together with the other hats that his wife is also doing, they then tried selling their knitted hats. But most of the hats that he and his wife has done, they gave it away for free.
Most of the hats that Bolton and his wife have done this year were donated to the veterans’ services offices in their area. Bolton believes that veterans are the most deserving of those hats than anyone else.
In an interview, Bolton was quoted “I’d rather give it to somebody that deserves it than just anybody, I made up my mind, and I’m going to give it to veterans. And they’re brothers, I’m a veteran myself.”
Bolton and his wife estimated that they have already given away more than 400 knitted hats in the past 2 years.
Bob Bolton served in the military from 1942-1945. He was awarded 2 Purple Heart medals (For taking shrapnel to his knee and another wound he could no longer remember) during the Christmas Eve of 1945.
“The only reason I make them is for something to do,” I do four or five sudoku puzzles every day, a few crossword puzzles and then I run out of things to do.” Bolton said.