Knitters for Charity donate more than 3,600 items

Colorado group volunteers to knit clothes for community (Thinkstock)

Since it began in 2010 a library knitting group from Florida has managed to donate an impressive amount of woollen items.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Knitters for Charity, which is based at the Hudson Regional Library, has made a range of garments and useful designs to help local and national charities.

On a visit to the library, the publication reports that hats, scarves, toys, pillows, mittens, baby booties, afghans and quilts were littered across tables, all waiting to be checked to ensure they are of a good enough quality to donate.

Member Sylvia Barry explained how 'chemo caps' are a very popular item made by the group.

She explained how she first made one for her daughter in 2009, who suffered from pancreatic cancer, but sadly she never got the chance to wear it as Ms Barry said "she passed away before I could give it to her".

"We have to make sure these hats are soft enough. They're for cancer patients," she went on to add.

The group have now made nearly 550 chemo caps for various hospitals and centres around Florida.

They have also knitted for the military, making comfortable helmet liners for the troops serving at home and abroad.

In only a couple of years the club has grown from eight to around 40 members, with every member encouraged to come up with new causes and knitting pattern ideas.

Other recipients in the community include social agencies, homeless shelters, domestic violence homes, rehab centres, hospices, and disability centres.

The group is also keen to offer their services abroad and has created and given items to organisations such as Nicaragua Newborns in Crisis.

As well as being able to give their work to charities, members told the newspaper that there was a great sense of community within the club.

After losing her daughter, Ms Barry said the group has given her a new purpose.

"When my world had fallen apart this group made a whole new life for me," she added.

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