Yarn group collecting warm items for Family Tree

Hats, scarves and gloves are especially needed, as are baby blankets

Staff report
Posted 10/2/19

The yarn and needle group from Standley Lake Library is collecting items for those in need of warm items this winter. Residents can make or donate completed, handmade items such as knitted, crocheted …

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Yarn group collecting warm items for Family Tree

Hats, scarves and gloves are especially needed, as are baby blankets

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The yarn and needle group from Standley Lake Library is collecting items for those in need of warm items this winter.

Residents can make or donate completed, handmade items such as knitted, crocheted or sewn mittens, hats, scarves, small animals and blankets to assist Family Tree. The library has patterns available for people to take, or they are welcome to use their own. New purchased items also are welcome.

“We are always in need of hats, scarves and gloves, especially for men and teen males,” Family Tree Development Coordinator Tami Mawhir said in a news release. “There is also a need for baby blankets.”

Very soft and warm yarn or fleece and flannel are suggested for baby and children items.

Items for the caring community challenge should be placed in a plastic bag labeled with the appropriate target age and dropped off at the library until Nov. 7. Family Tree will do a ceremonial pickup of collected items during the yarn and needle group’s monthly meeting Nov. 7 at the Standley Lake Library.

“I have known about Family Tree and the good work they do for years,” Neila Achter, the yarn and needle group’s arts coordinator, said in a news release. “I know that Family Tree has a good reputation and will use the items where most needed.”

Family Tree is a Wheat Ridge-based nonprofit incorporated in 1976 that provides innovative and life-changing services designed to end homelessness, domestic violence and child abuse.

“The library’s yarn and needle art’s group is so happy to be partnering with Family Tree,” Achter said in the release. “We look forward to promoting and fulfilling this community need. We appreciate the library for being a vehicle to make it happen, and we appreciate the members of the public who join us in this effort. This is something our group really enjoys and finds rewarding so we hope other groups might join us in this effort.”

Standley Lake Library’s Yarn and Needle Arts group began in 2014 and meets from 5:30-8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. The informal group is comprised of all skill levels and works under the guidance of Achter.

This is the group’s third year of completing community challenge events. In 2018, together with the public, the group created 1,275 items for the Arvada Fire District. In 2017, group members knit baby items for Warm Hearts, Warm Babies, an Arvada-based charity. And in 2016, they contributed 175 chemo caps to the Rocky Mountain Cancer Center.

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