Knit Wits make woolly do­na­tions

Geraldton Guardian - - News - Leti­tia Bus­niak

Thanks to the ef­forts of one lo­cal com­mu­nity group, hun­dreds of scarves, bean­ies and blan­kets are among the piles of knit­ted goods des­tined to be do­nated to the needy.

The Geraldton Knit Wits have been busy stitch­ing and loop­ing their way through al­most 2000 items, set to help the Mid West’s needy through the colder months.

The group of 35 were able to see the cul­mi­na­tion of a year’s worth of cre­ations ear­lier this week as the Knit Wits came to­gether for their an­nual open day event.

Knit Wits co-or­di­na­tor Joy Rein­hardt said see­ing the pile of do­na­tions was com­pletely dif­fer­ent from just hear­ing the num­ber.

“All of our Knit Wits brought over their cre­ations for a spe­cial event on Mon­day, and by the time ev­ery­one had ar­rived, we had ta­bles over­flow­ing with do­na­tions,” she said.

“It re­ally is a sight to see and it means some­thing so spe­cial that all of it is able to go as a gift to those in need through­out our re­gion.

“It’ll all be handed out to al­lied health ser­vices in Geraldton and sur­rounds and they’ll be able to dis­trib­ute them when they see fit.”

This year’s 1849 items for do­na­tion is smaller com­pared to other to­tals col­lected over the past 13 years, but Mrs Rein­hardt hinted at big plans for 2017.

Pre­par­ing to cre­ate more than 5000 items, it won’t be long be­fore the Knit Wits pick up the nee­dles once again to hit next year’s tar­get.

But over the next few weeks, Mrs Rein­hardt will con­tinue to fo­cus on hand­ing out this year’s goods, af­ter be­ing in­vited to tag along with an­other lo­cal char­ity.

“The soup kitchen ac­tu­ally asked me to come along on one of their trips and hand out our blan­kets and other goods to some of their clients,” she said.

“I had a goal I wanted to reach of 100 home de­liv­er­ies, but that fell a lit­tle bit short this year, so now this trip will be a great way to per­son­ally give away some of the items to those in need.”

Pic­ture: Leti­tia Bus­niak

The Knit Wits show off just a glimpse of the hun­dreds of items set to go to char­ity.

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