Knitting group gives back to local community

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Knitting group gives back to local community

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Roswell group hopes to "knit the world into a better place through handmade gifts of love and peace."

A small group of women meet every Tuesday at Brookdale Historic Roswell, an assisted living center in downtown Roswell, with one purpose: to knit the world into a better place through handmade gifts of love and peace.

After reading the book, “Knitting for Peace: Make the World a Better Place One Stitch at a Time,” by Betty Christiansen, Lynne Strobe started the group Knitting for Peace to address the needs in the local community. Knitting for Peace brings together women from around the city and state to make hats, scarves, blankets and more for a good cause.

“Knitting was already a hobby for so many of us, and now we come together to make a difference,” said Strobe. “As a group, we knit chemo caps, blankets for pediatric heart surgery patients, prayer shawls, mobility mittens for the visually impaired, scarves for foster children and so much more. The needs are endless.”

Over the past 10 years, the group has donated over 2,000 knitted goods to various organizations around Atlanta such as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Foster Care Support Foundation and more.

Knitting for Peace is always seeking those who knit or crochet to join the group to give back. The group also seeks items such as soft, washable yarn, business cards, and safety pins to continue knitting for a good cause.

“When I look at what we have been able to donate, I can’t express how great it feels,” added Strobe. “It’s a good feeling and I am really proud of what we have been able to do for the community.”

In other news: Kroger customers and associates contributed more than $439,950 in Kroger’s 2016 Can Hunger campaign – and an additional $91,000 to a second initiative benefitting the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Additionally, Kroger’s annual “Bringing Hope to the Table” campaign engaged customers to help fight hunger through a photo sharing campaign, #PictureYourPlate. The grocery chain donated the equivalent of 1,000 meals for each picture to Feeding America. Kroger’s Atlanta Division raised more than $752,000 through Can Hunger and more than $192,200 from “Bringing Hope to the Table” for a total of $944,200, or the equivalent of 3.6 million meals to support food banks across Georgia, Eastern Alabama and South Carolina.

Information: Knitting for Peace, kfproswell@gmail.com

Who’s doing good?Each Tuesday, we write about charity events such as fun-runs, volunteer projects and other community gatherings that benefit a good cause. To suggest an event for us to cover, contact Devika Rao at doing.goodAJC@gmail.com

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