2015-07-25 / News

Group Knits for Charity, Gathering Tuesdays at Trinity Parish Hall


Members of the Community Knitting and Crocheting Outreach at Trinity Episcopal Church gather behind a collection of handmade items before getting to work Tuesday afternoon, July 7. Pictured are (from left) Kathi Wightman, Cordie Puttkammer, Pat Rossio, Marty Meister, Linda Barlekamp, Kitty Hannabass, Kitten Penney, and Nicki Griffith. The group that donates items to local, national, and international causes meets every Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Trinity Parish Hall and is looking for people to join or donate yarn. Members of the Community Knitting and Crocheting Outreach at Trinity Episcopal Church gather behind a collection of handmade items before getting to work Tuesday afternoon, July 7. Pictured are (from left) Kathi Wightman, Cordie Puttkammer, Pat Rossio, Marty Meister, Linda Barlekamp, Kitty Hannabass, Kitten Penney, and Nicki Griffith. The group that donates items to local, national, and international causes meets every Tuesday at 1 p.m. in Trinity Parish Hall and is looking for people to join or donate yarn. Those interested in making needlework for charity can join the Community Knitting and Crocheting Outreach sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church. The group meets every Tuesday at 1 p.m. during the summer season at Trinity Episcopal Parish Hall on Fort Street. Members can drop in for one session or attend every week.

Five to 12 needle workers gather each week to work on projects, exchange patterns, and socialize. All are welcome to join the group, including Mackinac Island residents and visitors. Yarn and instruction are available.

The outreach group was started about five years ago by lifelong knitter and Island summer resident Kitty Hannabass. The group of participants, and their friends and relatives, have sent hundreds of handmade items to people and organizations in Michigan, the United States, and the world.

This year, the group is making blankets and caps for chemotherapy patients at the Mackinac Straits Health System Oncology Department in St. Ignace, prayer shawls, and hats, scarves, and mittens for a daytime warming shelter for the homeless.

Other items made and donated have included hats, mittens, scarves, helmet liners and gloves for United States Armed Service members and veterans; tiny mittens and blankets for the University of Michigan Pediatric Cancer Center; and blankets for Camp New Day, a summer camp for children of incarcerated parents. Locally, the group has made baby sweaters, prayer shawls, and lap robes for community members. Internationally, the group has made blankets and blanket squares for AIDs orphanages in Africa and donated items to prenatal programs in Kenya.

Many members work on their projects at home and during the winter months, dropping off finished products at Trinity Parish Hall. The Outreach was organized to benefit others and connect knitters from all parts of the community. Yarn donations are appreciated. There is no fee to join.

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