Friends make mittens as fundraiser initiative
The donors Karen King, Arlene Duckert, Laurie Hardy, Marion Burr, Wilma Maher and Shirley Vanderwielen
The gift: Creating 4Friends Plus The cause: Community Living, Sarnia-Lambton When
Karen King and three friends retired a few years ago, they started getting together to make mittens for people they knew.
“We just enjoyed each other’s company,” Ms. King recalled from her home in Sarnia, Ont. “There was great camaraderie.”
The group soon added a couple more friends and it now consists of Ms. King, Laurie Hardy, Wilma Maher, Arlene Duckert, Marion Burr and Shirley Vanderwielen. In 2013, they decided to turn their attention toward raising money for charity.
Several members of what they dubbed 4Friends Plus had connections to Community Living Sarnia-Lambton and they soon began selling mittens for the organization.
They don’t knit mittens, but buy old sweaters and refashion them into mitts. One pair can take about an hour to make and sells for $25, with proceeds going to Community Living, which supports people with developmental disabilities. So far, they have raised $10,000 which helped the organization buy a new van. 4Friends Plus is now raising money for a second van.
Ms. Hardy said the women were overjoyed and overwhelmed when they discovered their fundraising helped buy the van. “Who would have thought mittens could do this,” she said.