Project Warm Friends: Making a Difference Since 1997

Bev Wiley, Jackie Dort, Elizabeth Caron, Ruth Lindsay, Jeanne Riddle, Connie Wayman, Bea Robbins, Patty Colbert and Patti Wallis
Bev Wiley, Jackie Dort, Elizabeth Caron, Ruth Lindsay, Jeanne Riddle, Connie Wayman, Bea Robbins, Patty Colbert and Patti Wallis

SeniorCare Inc.’s Myra Herrick Conference Room was recently the site for an amazing look into the generosity of knitters on the North Shore and Cape Ann.

Throughout 2015, more than 30 volunteer knitters—members of SeniorCare’s Project Warm Friends—created thousands of beautiful hand-made gifts to be given to people in need.  Over the coming holiday season, SeniorCare will distribute 2,500 items to hospital patients, veterans, seniors, teens, young children and newborns.

SeniorCare’s Project Warm Friends began in 1997 as Project Warm Child to provide warm knitted and crocheted baby clothing and blankets to needy newborns. In 2004, the program expanded to include larger items for children at Pathways for Children in Gloucester. In 2005 lap robes were added for nursing home residents and the name was changed to Project Warm Friends.

This year’s list of donated items includes

876 infant hats
277 child hats
240 potholders
172 infant sweaters
130 adult hats
111 child sweaters
98 knit afghan blankets
94 child mittens
82 pillows
80 lap blankets
75 scarves
56 fleece baby blankets
55 knit baby blankets
44 pillow cases
41 teddy bears
38 changing pads
27 adult mittens
24 pairs of baby booties
14 quilts
13 infant mittens

See more pictures on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/seniorcareinc.org/.

SeniorCare, a Massachusetts Aging Services Access Point, with offices in Beverly and Gloucester, is a regional consumer-centered organization that provides and coordinates services to elders and others, enabling them to live independently at home or in a setting of their choice while remaining part of the community.  SeniorCare can be reached at 978-281-1750 or 1-866-927-1050 (TTY 978-282-1836).  SeniorCare is also a federally designated Area Agency on Aging, providing services such as Meals on Wheels and Community Dining Sites.  SeniorCare’s service area includes: Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport, Topsfield and Wenham.

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