Crafting for critters: Australian fires prompt global effort

This Jan. 12, 2020 photo provided by Meg Hydock shows Gibson Griffith, 10, holding a stack of fabric crate liners he and others sewed to send to wildlife injured in wildfires in Australia in Lee, N.H. Griffith, who organized a sewing party is among thousands of people worldwide who have been making everything from bat wraps to kangaroo joey pouches for the animals affected by the wildfires. (Meg Hydock via AP)

This Jan. 8, 2020 photo provided by Jackie Maisey shows Grey-headed Flying Fox bats prepared for a feeding at the Uralla, Australia, home of Maisey, a volunteer with Northern Tableands Wildlife Carers. The bats are swaddled in flannel wraps similar to those being made by thousands of crafters worldwide who are using their sewing, knitting and crocheting skills to make items for wildlife injured in the Australian brush fires. Some animal rescue groups, however, say monetary donations are needed more. (Jackie Maisey via AP)

CONCORD, N.H. — Kyla Gill had never so much as touched a sewing machine or picked up a crochet hook two weeks ago. Now, she’s hooked on crafting for critters 10,000 miles (16,000 km) away, to the point of temporarily putting aside her floor refinishing business in Pittsburgh.