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STLCC-Forest Park Group Needles One Another for Charity
April 16, 2014
Forest Park staff members have spent their lunch hour knitting baby caps that will be donated to nursery at St. Mary's Hospital and the neonatal nursery at Cardinal Glennons Medical Center next week.
Nearly 150 colorful knit baby caps line a conference room wall in the Business, Math and Technology Division office at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park. The handiwork will be donated to the nursery at St. Mary’s Hospital and the neonatal nursery at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center next week.
For the second straight year, the weekly Stitch-n-Chat Lunch Bunch has been knitting and crocheting the small hats for newborns and premature infants as part of the group’s Spring Fling Baby Giving Project. They also make soft toys and blankets.
During the drab and dreary winter, the charity-minded social group gathers to share patterns and knit donated soft baby yarn of bright hues and a rainbow of delicate pastels Tuesdays during their lunch break.
“The patterns are very fun because they are smaller than the adult hats and work up quickly,” said Linda Basich, an administrative assistant and original member of the group. “Members get the chance to get creative on a small scale and it makes you happy to work on such a sweet project. You can’t help but smile when you look at all of that cuteness.”
Basich also will deliver the festive gifts to the hospitals.
In the fall, they work on the Hats Project for the St. Patrick Center downtown, and last year donated 155 knit hats and 37 colorful scarves.
The group began six years ago, and meets during the fall and spring semesters. Members usually take a break during the summer months.
Besides Basich, helpers included regulars Carol Foreman, Angie James, Katherine Keller, Jacqui Landau, Helen Miles, Marcy Cline, Sue Tolentino and Janet Woodworth.
The group also welcomes donations of worsted weight or chunky weight yarn of any color for their winter hats project, and soft baby yarn for their spring baby project to add to the “Yarn Vault.” The group heartily thanks staff members Laurie Beebe, Donna Dowell-Foster, Kathleen Ramsey and Jackie Wamack for their yarn contributions.
"We are always open to donations of yarn, and most of the hats and scarves are made with donated yarn, but some members are very generous and buy their own yarn to make their projects with," Basich said.
“We love doing this because we really enjoy the knitting, crocheting and getting together, and just love the whole community of it all. We have fun and get to help other people with our handiwork," Basich said.
They welcome anyone to participate. In addition to their giving projects, they also knit items for personal gifts during a weekly lunch hour.