Many people look to take advantage of their skills and talents when it comes to helping charity, and members of the Northbrook Senior Center for the Knitting and Crochet Club are planning to do just that when they pick up their needles this year.
Carol Wald proposed that the group of 55 to 91-year-old women host a knitting marathon after reading about fellow hobbyists who took on the challenge online. The club is planning to convert 26.2 miles of yarn into hats and scarves, which will then be donated to needy people.
She told the Chicago Tribune: "We can't run a marathon, but we can knit one."
Her positive attitude is likely to inspire a number of other fundraisers in the community, as the group's determination to help others does not depend upon physical prowess or risky stunts - they are showing that anyone can do their part.
Traditional marathons take place around springtime, but the group will be making their efforts across the rest of the year, using yarn that has been donated by people wishing to support the good cause.
The women will donate their time and talents, although this isn't likely to be a chore or a hardship. Many meet every Wednesday morning at the venue in order to share their passion for knitting, and close friendships have formed as a result.
Senior centre supervisor Nancy Graham said: "The thing that I enjoy most about this group is how welcoming all these women are. They will teach a novice, help with a complicated project, and are just there for each other for any need - knitting or otherwise."
Various charities will benefit from the marathon, but the group has already decided that some of the accessories are destined to help children who receive a cochlear impact at the University of Chicago. This programme has helped numerous youngsters regain their sense of hearing.
Knitters wishing to take on a similar challenge themselves or with friends could attempt to raise some funds for their favourite charities too, by asking the people they know to sponsor their efforts.