Lancaster – Children in families dealing with domestic violence are getting a special gift this holiday season from a group at Ohio University Lancaster. The group "Yarncrafters for Lancaster" is donating 11 knitted bears to The Lighthouse Domestic Violence Shelter in Lancaster.
"Everybody in the group really liked the idea of knowing they were making something that would make a child very happy this holiday season," said Judy Carey Nevin. Carey Nevin, director of the Hannah V. McCauley Library, is one of the leaders of the group.
"Yarncrafters for Lancaster" is a group that started during Fall Semester 2012. About a dozen students, faculty and staff members meet over lunch breaks or during off hours to knit and crochet together. They teach members how to knit and make items to donate in the community. Scarves, ear warmers, hats, hand warmers, and blankets have been donated to local non-profit organizations in the past.
"One of our student leaders, junior Abby Achauer, came up with the idea to knit bears this semester," said Carey Nevin. "We used patterns that were basic enough for new knitters, but were still cute and cuddly. We met about twice a week and some members worked on them at home."
"I know that it made everyone in the group feel great to know that they were going to children who needed to know that someone was thinking about them," said Achauer. "When you get a homemade gift you know that the whole time the person was making it, they were thinking of you and that is special. So we hope our bears help those special children know that people care about them."
You do not have to be a seasoned crafter to join the group. Carey Nevin and others take the time to teach members how to crochet or knit. The group is still accepting new members.
"Students had a great time making the bears this semester," said Carey Nevin. "Since everyone had so much fun with it, I think we're going to keep making bears in the future."
"Yarncrafters for Lancaster" is working to become an official student organization on the Lancaster Campus. There are many organizations and clubs on campus that students can participate in depending on their interests. If you want to learn more about the group, contact Judy Carey Nevin at firstname.lastname@example.org or Christine Wolfe at email@example.com.