BATAVIA, N.Y. - Karen Crittenden is crocheting love into each of the squares piled high on a table in her Jackson Street business.
Crittenden, owner of Karen's Yarn Paper Scissors, has collected hundreds of "granny squares" from people across Western New York to add to her collection.
It's part of a Facebook campaign to contribute 26 squares - representing each of the victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary.
The squares will be sewn together into blankets for the victims' families.
Crittenden said taking part in the project is her way of healing.
"I can't even begin to fathom in my own heart, in my own mind, why. I think that's where a lot of people are stumbling and falling, is how someone can even begin to do that," said Crittenden, speaking of the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Crittenden is collecting squares until January 31st. She will send them to other volunteers to assemble the blankets; 96 squares are needed for each one.
If more than 26 blankets are made, the remaining will be sent to the teachers at Sandy Hook as well as first responders.
For more information, or if you would like to donate squares, yarn or postage, contact Karen at (585) 219-4480. Her store is located at 39 Jackson Street in Batavia.