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HOLiday Spirit Every Month: Scarves for homeless

Our church has a program, HOLiday Spirit Every Month, in which we celebrate the giving spirit of the holidays by giving to groups in our community and around the world. We also have a group of knitters and crocheters at our church. We are called the "Knotty Ones."

This is our second year of having the program. Both years we made scarves to be donated to the local homeless shelter. Their clients must leave the shelter during the day and our winters can be cold.

One of our members graceously donated several large bags of yarn. This year my husband and I made over fifty scarves for the homeless shelter. There were others who also donated. Each scarf we made was unique. Some included pockets in the end to help keep hands warm. My husband and I worked on the scarves through part of January and all of February.

Last year I taught a class in knitting and crocheting and my fee for the class was a completed scarf for donation. A scarf is an easy way to learn either skill or to learn new patterns or stitches.

I don't know how many were affected by the project, but both years we received letters from the shelter thanking us for the donations, particularly the scarves. Last year we received a letter from one of their clients who got a scarf. When I read the letter from the gentleman, I had tears in my eyes.

This fall one of our projects will be helping a group that works with at-risk families, especially teen parents. Their request is for clothing and blankets for their clients; some of whom do not even have a blanket for the baby when it is born.

Future projects may include preemie clothes, the local hospital has asked for clothing for premies, especially the ones who do not survive, and chemo caps for the City of Hope.

Each year we try to work with different groups for HOLiday Spirit, so as director of the program, I am constantly on the looking for groups with which to work.

Joy Gauldin

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