A group of senior citizens is giving the gift of warmth to area students this holiday season.
They're called the Knittin' Kittens and they're on a mission to create warm smiles.
The Knittin' Kittens are a group of more than 50 senior volunteers who crochet and knit year-round.
For the past seven years, they've been giving away their creations to students who need them most.
This year, they're handing out 2,500 scarves and hats to more than 1,200 kids at high-need schools.
There's no charge. The volunteers say they're paid in smiles from grateful children.
"It's something. It really is. It is a blessing to us that we can make people happy," said volunteer Joyce Gensler.
The Knittin' Kittens will be giving away more hats and scarves to students at Springdale Elementary Tuesday and to the kids at Celia Clinton Elementary on Thursday.
The group also shares their crafts with cancer patients and nursing home residents.