Crocheting for charity

Dec 29, 2017 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

For the past several years, a group of about a dozen local knitters and crotcheters have gathered twice a month in Riverton to make items for charity.

Their creations range from teddy bears and other stuffed toys, to hats, scarves and baby blankets. They even make lap robes and afghans for veterans and residents at area nursing homes.

The donations are available for any organization in need.

"(We've gone) to the schools, the hospital - anybody that we know that can use them," volunteer Roni Becker said.

1,000-plus each year

Sheriff's deputies take donations in their vehicles to hand out to children they encounter on patrol, she said, and the group provided several hundred to this year's Kiwanis Coats for Folks drive.

Other recipients are Child Development Services, the Department of Family Services and even Fremont County Public Health.

"The public health nurse - she's so wonderful - she goes to all the schools in the county and gives shots, so she told us about three years ago she'd like to have hats to take and set them out for kids to pick out," Becker said.

One year, she said, the group produced almost 500 hats alone.

This year, Becker has recorded more than 1,200 items that have been donated to 22 different nonprofits, charities and other organizations.

Strong membership

The group got started as part of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in Wyoming. When that organization scaled back its satellite operations, the local knitters started calling themselves the C and K Volunteers.

When they started meeting, Becker said only a handful of women were involved in the beginning. Now, she said, 10-14 people attend the regular knitting circles, and new members are always invited to join.

"If you're interested in crocheting and knitting and would love to make things for other people, you're welcome," Becker said. "We take pride in what we do."

Getting involved

People who don't crotchet or knit can get involved by donating yarn, high-quality stuffing for toys, or other supplies, she added.

"We always need yarn given to us (but) we haven't had any donated for quite a while," Becker said. "That's been the most lacking in the last few years, (so) a lot of it comes out-of-pocket."

The C and K Volunteers meet at 1 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of every month at the University of Wyoming Extension building, 814 S. Federal Blvd. in Riverton.

For more information or to donate supplies call Becker at 856-6664.

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