Stitch In Time To Knit For Homeless - All Are Welcome!
PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT NEED PLASTIC BAGS AT THIS TIME. WE WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED.
Stitch in Time is run by Diane Charlesworth and is 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.
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.
UPDATE by Diane:
It's been a while since I've updated you on the activities of "The Stitch in Time" knit crochet group. We continue to work on crocheting the sleeping mats for the homeless. PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT NEED PLASTIC BAGS AT THIS TIME, BUT WILL UPDATE WHEN WE DO AGAIN. THANKS!
Additionally, our new project will be making scarves and hats for the needy. We've been honored with the privilege of distributing them through Alice's CUP Food Pantry in Spotswood. We're using yarn from our own stockpiles, as well as some very generous donations, to make these items.
Again, we sincerely appreciate your support in our efforts to help those less fortunate than we are. Have a great day!