COA knitters deliver warmth for holidays

Newborns of Tanzania, warmed by blankets sent by the COA’s knitting and crocheting group.

Members of the Walpole Council on Aging knitting and crocheting group have been working hard all year, putting their talents to good use. The group has been preparing all year for their annual delivery to the patients at the VA Hospital in West Roxbury. 140 afghans and 100 hats and scarves were hand-delivered with personal messages of thanks and appreciation to the bedsides of patients at the hospital. In a letter from of the VA Boston Healthcare System, Director Vincent Ng writes: “It is through the efforts of community partners like you that allow us to continue the quality care and services that we seek to provide our deserving Veterans.”

In another giving project, longtime member Audrey Welsh has spearheaded an effort to sew and knit items to be sent to babies and moms in Tanzania. With the assistance of many “helpers,” Audrey packaged up 190 hats, 45 buntings, 29 burp cloths, 20 receiving blankets and 150 bears. In Audrey’s words: “May God bless all who are involved in getting things to these babies and moms.”

The group accepts donations of yarn at the Council on Aging all year long to be used for these giving projects. For more information, call the COA at (508-668-3330).

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