Rest home residents get knitting
When a group of ladies was looking for ways to occupy themselves 82-year-old Natalie Parkinson had just the thing.
The Summerset Retirement Village resident read an article about a Taupo woman's venture, Operation Cover Up, and was inspired.
The initiative involves keen knitters from around the country knitting blankets and clothes for orphans from eastern Europe.
Over the past 12 years the woman behind the operation, Liz Clarke, has overseen the delivery of 78,000 knitted blankets and more than 358,000 other items to the other side of the world.
Mrs Parkinson was inspired and decided to knit a blanket to send to operation headquarters.
Soon after she received a call from Liz Clarke asking if she would be interested in setting up an Auckland branch of Operation Cover Up.
She now leads a 28-strong army of residents every Tuesday afternoon in a knit-athon.
Mrs Parkinson says old age is making the group "a bit forgetful" so keeping the knitting sessions to the same time and day each week prevents confusion.
"Wool for the Summerset knitters is provided by anonymous donors but the ladies could always do with more," she says.
"Sometimes we run out of wool for the blankets because they take up so much of it. We're a bit short on colourful wool at the moment."
Containers of finished products are sent to orphanages and other needy people in eastern Europe.
Mrs Parkinson says it is very rewarding reaching out to the needy.
"It gives a sense of wellbeing."
To donate wool or for more information contact Natalie on 273 9199.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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