HAVERHILL — Several women have worked over the last six weeks to make hand-knitted items for the homeless.
Because of their efforts, people who might not otherwise receive a gift this holiday season will get one.
The Charity Knitting Group of Knit Pickings in Plaistow gave 192 handmade items to the Emmaus House homeless shelter in Haverhill. The knitters' focus was to make matching sets of hats, mittens, and scarves for elders who are often forgotten during the holiday.
The knitters delivered the woolen sets with holiday gift bags. Beyond the matching sets, they also made items for people who are at Emmaus House this holiday season. One of the women in the group, Arlene Porter of Hampstead, gave 29 quilts she made over the last few months.
"Our work at Emmaus could not continue without the generosity of groups like this,'' said Jeanine Murphy, executive director of Emmaus House. "What a wonderful way to bring a smile to the face of those in need by wrapping them in love with these beautiful hats, mittens and scarves. We are so grateful for their compassion to those in such need."
Emmaus House counts on community support to provide lifesaving shelter, affordable housing, and compassionate services to more than 2,000 adults and children each year. From July 2009 through June 2010, Emmaus House moved 195 homeless families into permanent housing, moved 44 single homeless individuals into their own housing, managed 83 units of affordable housing, and provided 1,100 hours of job training and adult education to 75 women and men.
The Charity Knitting Group was started a year ago by Ruth Paul of Hampstead. She wanted to expand her knitting skills and give back to the community. The group has nine women who meet regularly every Thursday at Knit Pickings on Route 125 in Plaistow.
Donations to the Charity Knitting Group can be sent to or dropped off at Knit Pickings, Route 125, Plaistow, N.H., or by calling Paul at 603-489-1978. Donations to Emmaus House can be sent to Emmaus, P.O. Box 568, Haverhill, MA 01831. Donations also can be made online at www.emmausinc.org or by contacting Rachel Thompson at Emmaus House at 978-241-3437 or email@example.com.