Helping the Homeless, One Stitch at a Time

For the third year in a row, A Great Yarn in Chatham is teaming up with the Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod to make blankets for the Cape’s homeless population. Last year, more than 250 individuals participated in the Knit-a-Thon, knitting 155 blankets for the homeless. All of the blankets and 100 percent of the donations—more than $6,000 was raised last year—are distributed to shelters in Hyannis.

After reading about homelessness on Cape Cod and how some people were living in the woods with nothing to keep them warm, A Great Yarn co-owner Mary Weishaar was inspired to start the Knit-a-Thon in the winter of 2016.

Here’s how it works: Participants are asked to knit or crochet long panels, about 1 foot wide and 6 feet long, which are then sewn together and turned into blankets by the shop’s staff. Four panels make a blanket.

“The panels can be made by any knitter, even a novice knitter, which means that anyone can participate,” says A Great Yarn co-owner Ron Weishaar, who says he is always impressed by the colorful and vibrant blankets. “We have even had a number of high school students participate in the event.” —Lisa Leigh Connors

The Knit-a-Thon started in February and runs through April 30. A Great Yarn, 894 Main St., Chatham. If interested in participating, email or call 508-348-5605.

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