Local Crochet Club helps fight the cold
By Russ Edem 530News –
Fighting the cold is on everyone’s mind this time of year and for some this can be a difficult task to overcome. But with the help of some volunteers from a local crocheting class, these people have a chance to fend off the bitter chill.
Members of the Crochet Club that is held at the Great Bend Public Library have been making scarfs and gathering hats and gloves through the Warmth for Winter program for people that have a hard time purchasing them due to unfortunate circumstances.
“The library is a public area and people can come here to get out of the cold and we want to help our community in any way we can,” GBPL spokesperson Elizabeth Dukelow said. “With this program, what we are doing to help people stay warm is just another way of helping our community and letting them know we care.”
The scarfs are all handmade by the volunteers of the crocheting class. The hats and gloves are mostly store-purchased and donated by people of the community.
Besides handing these out at the library, club members plan to put packages together that includes hats, scarfs, gloves and information on were people can go to get help with bills, gas for their vehicles, food and other items that might be needed. These packages will be available from the library and the Barton County Food Bank.
However, Dukelow said materials to make these warming gifts are on short supply.
“With colder weather settling in, we sent letters out to churches and other originations asking them if they knew people that might need these items or if they knew people that could help with the crocheting of the hats, gloves and scarfs or by donating store-bought items,” Dukelow said.
“We got a great response from churches and other people of the community, but we are still needing more hats and we do not have any gloves. We are also needing one gallon ziplock bags to put the items in to make the packages.”
Hats and gloves are not the only thing they need. Dukelow said they are getting short on materials to make the scarfs. The class is in need of machine washable yarn and crochet hooks.
If people would like to make a donation to help with the Warmth for Winter program they can drop off items at the front desk of the library. For more information the library can be contacted at 620-792-2409.
The Crochet Club
The club meets twice on Mondays, at 2 and 6 p.m. Sessions are about 90 minutes long.
Everyone is invited to attend the classes. Members do different projects throughout the year and are wanting to get more involved with community.
“The class started last summer in the month of June,” Dukelow said. “At first it was a small class, but over time it really has grown and we have a lot of fun and the people really enjoy getting involved with the community.”