The Legacy Knit and Crochet Club, a ladies’ group at The Legacy Willow Bend, donated 38,148 knit and crochet pieces to 15 organizations in the area this month.
Every year, the group meets for one hour on Mondays building up to donation day to make the scarves, dolls, blankets, hats and washcloths. The items were donated to Cathedral of Hope, Children’s Hospital of Plano, Christ United Methodist Church Plano, Cochran Chapel, Dallas Police Department Mentoring Program, Dallas Police Department supporting Anne Frank Elementary School, Hope’s Door, Jewish Family Service, Mesquite ISD, Plano ISD, Plano Police Department Christmas Cops, Minnie’s Food Pantry, National Council of Jewish Women supporting Mosaic Family Services and West Dallas Elementary Schools, Street Side Showers, and Vickery Meadow Food Pantry and Clothes Closet.
The Legacy Willow Bend, Plano’s only life care retirement community, has hosted the group since its inception in 2010. The group, many of whom live in the Jewish-sponsored community, also worked this year with volunteers from Bank of America to make pompoms for over 1,700 hats. The seventeen members have contributed over 800 volunteer hours and have created 38,148 pieces for the grand event.
“This event gives everyone a chance to give back in a way that is meaningful and touches thousands of lives,” said Brian Lovelace, volunteer engagement manager at The Legacy Willow Bend. “We love seeing their passion which attracts others to their efforts every year – sometimes the opportunity to serve is the greatest gift of all.”
This year’s donations were accompanied by toiletry kits with handmade washcloths, toothpaste, and toothbrushes.
“Coming here is a very emotional experience, it really does make you want to keep doing what you’re doing,” said Karen Kurzman, a member of The Legacy Knit and Crochet Club. “Everything you do is very much appreciated and you have a sense of giving back.”
The group members consist of Kurzman, Mary Bishop, Christina Chan, Arleen Chodroff, Sundra Culver, Marilee Donaldson, Marci Haas, Vy Hansen, Nancy Hofstetter, Irene Jacobs, Stephanie Jones, Nancy Lewis, Ailsa Kull, Marilyn Lemont, Vicki Shepard, Lillie Walker, Jean Weinfeld, and Caren Tate (resident of The Legacy Midtown Park).
If you are interested in supporting The Legacy Knit and Crochet Club in their work and would like to support their efforts, consider donating yarn. The group works with medium worsted weight yarn and would appreciate any support from the community. Donations to the group may be dropped off with the concierge at the front desk at The Legacy Willow Bend.