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