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Needling out knitters

Helping Hands. It’s a fitting name for the new charity knitting and crocheting group headquartered out of the NorthEast-Millerton Library. 

Its purpose is simple: knit and crochet as many items as possible to donate to charity. All the while, enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow knitters. What a lovely idea.

Brainstormed by Ynes Killmer and Jo-Ann Wilcox, Millerton’s Helping Hands group met for its inaugural session in July. Rather than donate items to far-away charities, Killmer suggested helping those closer to home. 

She’s hoping those who love to knit and crochet will make winter necessities, like mittens and scarves, to donate to schoolchildren in the North East (Webutuck) Central School District. Likewise, she’s got her eye on nearby Sharon, Conn., schools, which also are in need of such items.

Stating that the group “will donate wherever we find a need,” handcrafted items will most likely find their way to local churches, health care centers and maybe, even, the very library where the group meets every first and third Wednesday of the month, from 1 to 3 p.m. (The Millerton library holds an annual craft fair during which items are sold as a fundraiser for those in need.)

To accomplish their goal, co-founder Wilcox noted, more participants are needed. So, if you happen to enjoy picking up a knitting needle, or sitting down to crochet something a little more delicate, why not consider joining Helping Hands? In addition to truly helping those who need help the most, you’ll get to chitter and chatter with fellow do-gooders. 

Those who don’t already know how to knit or crochet are still welcome, as group members have said they’ll try to teach those willing to learn.

As with so many groups stationed out of the library, Helping Hands does important work. We’re hoping this week’s front page story by Carol Kneeland will inspire some in the community to partake. It’s a win-win, and there’s no time like the present to get into the spirit of giving.

This is but one example of the goodwill so many living in our community have, and of the important work our residents do to ensure everyone is taken care of. It’s pretty special — and we thought it deserving of recognition.

To learn more about this program and others, call the library at 518-789-3340.