Church group knits clothes for ill and homeless

Unfinished knitted artworks on display in Norwich (iStockphoto)

A church group in Jersey City, New Jersey has started knitting clothes for local hospital patients and homeless members of the community.

According to the Hudson Reporter, Deborah Pierce and her daughter Alyssa began Knitting for Good, a church-based knitting circle, in February to teach people how to knit or crochet.

Through practicing their skills, members have also been making handmade scarves, hats, blankets and other items.

Alyssa Pierce explained that the group was set up by her mother who has been knitting all her life and after becoming a member of Waterfront Community Church, the pastor, Don Egan, suggested that she put her creative talent to work in the community.

"We now teach people to knit and crochet and whatever items they create will either go to helping the homeless on the street, AIDs babies, or animal shelters," she said.

Rather than relying on donations of pre-worn clothes, Ms Pierce added that they felt everyone deserves access to new clothing which they can call their own.

Knitting for Good currently meets at St John's Lutheran Church and St Paul's Lutheran Church and is a joint project between the two sites and Waterfront Community Church.

The group has around 20 regular members and hopes to knit and crochet dozens of items

by the end of the year which it can donate to local charitable organisations.

All volunteers are free to create their own designs based on knitting patterns or original ideas, depending on their level of skill.

Ms Pierce went on to say: "We're like any other knitting circle, only with the greater purpose of creating community and benefiting the community with donations."

Knitting for Good has already completed four baby blankets, several hats and a large number of scarves, but are appealing for more members and donations of yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks.

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