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Stitch In Time To Knit For Homeless

Stitch in Time is run by Diane Charlesworth at the St. Peter's Episcopal Chruch, Main Street Spotswood every Thursday from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. An energetic group of knitters and crocheters get together to work on their projects. Beginners are always welcome. Charlesworth is happy to give instruction.

After watching a Facebook video about a group of "Bag Ladies" in Union City, Tennessee knitting sleeping mats for the homeless, she was inspired to take up the cause in New Jersey.

This group of Tennessee ladies has taken more than 50,000 plastic shopping bags and recycled them into sleeping mats for area homeless people. They've created over 80 so far. Now, it takes 600 to 700 plastic bags to knit one three foot by six foot mat. So, Charlesworth is asking local residents to join the cause.

"We really need the help of the community to finish our task," Charlesworth said. "Please save your plastic shopping bags for us!!"

Charlesworth is working on getting the Spotswood ShopRite on Summerhill Road to donate plastic bags for the project as well.

A survey conducted earlier this year reported that despite a decrease in homeless men, women and children in New Jersey, more than 10,000 remain on the street.




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