Troy Head Start receives afghans and books

Troy Head Start receives afghans and booksOn the left, Kathy Ashworth, Bradford County Library clerk and Book Mobile assistant, along with Berni Hornung, Troy Family Partner, are pictured with the gifts from the Friends of the Bradford County Library. The blankets and books have been donated to Troy Early Head Start children and families. Provided photo.

The Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent quarantine has affected every one of us differently. In the beginning, some children may have been feeling more isolated, anxious, bored and uncertain. They may have felt fear, and grief over the impact of the virus on their families. 

Eventually, it also lead many people to find gratitude for the things they had — good health, more family time, help from a neighbor or loved one. Being able to have gratefulness is the ability to feel grateful regardless of circumstances. 

There are many, who even in the depths of the pandemic are grateful. At the Troy Early Head Start socialization of Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc., gratitude was contagious. It even spread to others who lived hours away!

Troy EHS Family Partner, Berni Hornung, received a telephone call from Claire Borits, the recently retired librarian of the Bradford County Library. Her sister, Jean Hinger, who lives in Carbon County, Pennsylvania, has been crocheting child-sized afghans during the COVID-19 quarantine to help keep children warm. It was her wish to make and donate some of them to children enrolled in Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc.’s Troy socialization. 

Along with an afghan, each child will receive a book donated by the Friends of the Bradford County Library.  

“My hope is this,” said Hornung, “As the children and parents snuggle together, their security and language will grow.”

For more information about Head Start, call (570) 638-1400, visit, or find them on Facebook.  

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