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December 18, 2014 : Yarncrafters Donate Handmade Animals to Child Protective Services
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager
Lancaster – Ohio University Lancaster’s philanthropic organization “Yarncrafters for Lancaster” gave children in Fairfield County a handmade friend to hold on to this holiday season.  The group donated 18 stuffed animals to Fairfield County Child Protective Services.
“The children who are clients of Child Protective Services are children who have a difficult family life,” said Hannah V. McCauley Library Director Judy Carey Nevin, who is one of the leaders of the group. “The members of our organization really liked the idea of knowing they were making something that would make a child very happy this holiday season and give them a special friend at a time when they might need one the most.”
“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.
“Getting these huggable animals from students, faculty and staff at OUL is wonderful,” said Protective Services Administrative Assistant Barbara Clapham.  “We will definitely use these animals.”
“It’s great to make things that can help people in our community,” said Carey Nevin.
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 always accepting new members. Contact Carey Nevin for more information at