2,000 Sweaters Donated to World Vision

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By Kris Gilbertson

Knit for Kids coordinator Peg Lorenz (l) with Goodwin House Foundation Director of Development Marcia Saumweber, who said “I get joy out of helping people, and here that’s part of my job.” Photo by Kris Gilbertson.
Knit for Kids coordinator Peg Lorenz (l) with Goodwin House Foundation Director of Development Marcia Saumweber, who said “I get joy out of helping people, and here that’s part of my job.” Photo by Kris Gilbertson.

In a sunny, inviting atrium, Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads (GHBC) marked a milestone July 14 at a punch and cookies reception for some 40 people. Since 2006, resident members of the Knit for Kids Committee have knit or crocheted 2,032 (and counting) children’s sweaters for donation to the international relief organization World Vision.

A sample of the children’s sweaters sent worldwide. Photo by Kris Gilbertson.
A sample of the children’s sweaters sent worldwide. Photo by Kris Gilbertson.

The knitting group gathers for an hour weekly in a GHBC conference room, but members also work on sweaters on their own time. GHBC Executive Director Linda Lateana noted that at every meeting held, their hands are always busy.

Resident Elsa Edwards has been knitting for 80 years and says this is the “most fun committee in the place.” Photo by Kris Gilbertson.
Resident Elsa Edwards has been knitting for 80 years and says this is the “most fun committee in the place.” Photo by Kris Gilbertson.

Resident Peg Lorenz coordinates the 20 to 25 member knitting group, which is supported in part by a grant from the Goodwin House Foundation Quality of Life initiative. Through World Vision, sweaters have gone to children in Central and South America, Africa, Eastern Europe, and the U.S. For many children, a hand-made item isn’t just a sweater; it’s a symbol of support for a better future.