Club Spotlight: Knits for the Needy

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After reading the title of this article, many of you were probably surprised and thought, “St. Mary’s has a knitting club?” The answer is yes, and you will probably be surprised at how much we do. Knits for the Needy (KFN) is an umbrella club under For Goodness Sake (FGS), the St. Mary’s service club. So, one of our objectives is to serve the community while receiving funding from FGS.

KFN combines learning to knit or crochet with donating to people in need. We provide the yarn and needles for the projects, which vary from hats and scarves to animal beds and stuffed toys. The club members teach and help each other with both knitting and crocheting (knitting uses two needles while crocheting uses one hook).

Some people who attend have never knitted or crocheted before joining, but still have managed to learn to make a variety of items. Many hats and scarves made by club members are donated to local women’s and men’s shelters. We are about to start donating to Christmas at Sea, which is an organization that gives warm items to mariners on ships both internationally and in U.S. waterways.

The club also donates “snuggles,” which are animal mats or beds, to local animal shelters. These shelters are members of the Snuggles Project, whose mission is to make animals feel safe and loved when they are in shelters and to help shelters provide bedding for the animals. KFN’s most recent project has been to make small stuffed animals to donate to the Leonardtown Police Department for children in traumatic situations.

If you are interested in Knits for the Needy, you can either come to our weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. in the Queen Anne Common Room or email me, Samantha White, the club president, for more information at slwhite@smcm.edu. Also, if you already knit or crochet on your own and would like to donate some of your projects, we would love to have them. Just drop them off at a meeting or contact me to give them to the club.

Lastly, Knits for the Needy would like to emphasize that the club is open to everyone. Sometimes people are afraid that because they have never knitted before, it will be too hard and they won’t be able to learn. We want to teach you and spread the love of knitting and crocheting. And for those men out there, who can only imagine their grandmothers or mothers crocheting, we have other men in the club and they would love for you to join. Everyone is welcome to come and learn.

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