Lancaster – Scarves, ear warmers, hats and hand warmers are now being put to good use in the Lancaster area. That's because the Ohio University Lancaster group "Yarncrafters for Lancaster" donated about 40 items to local shelters last week.
"This was a very successful first project for us and we are so glad that this group was able to crochet and knit so many wonderful items for people who need them in this community," said Judy Carey Nevin.Carey Nevin is one of the leaders of the group, as well as the Director of the Hannah V. McCauley Library.
The donations were taken to "The Lighthouse," a domestic violence shelter in Lancaster and "The Foundation Shelter," a Lancaster homeless shelter.
"It's wonderful to be able to create something and give them to people that you know really need them," said Carey Nevin. "It's all about helping the community."
Yarncrafters for Lancaster is a group that started Fall Semester. About a dozen students, faculty and staff members meet over lunch breaks or during off hours to knit and crochet together.
During Spring Semester the group plans to start its next service project.
"The group has decided to make blanket squares that we will sew together into security blankets to donate to social services children who have been pulled from their homes," said Carey Nevin.
You do not have to be a seasoned crafter to join the group. Carey Nevin and others take the time to teacher members how to crochet or knit. The group is still accepting new members. If you are interested in joining, contact Judy Carey Nevin at firstname.lastname@example.org.