JHS Needlework Club Donates to Community Purls

Jamestown High School Needlework Club, along with JHS staff members, recently donated handmade hats, mittens and scarves to Chautauqua County Community Purls, a knitting program that helps the local community stay warm. The JHS Needlework Club, which meets once a week before school, is in its third year. Advisor Amy Thompson and her club members wanted to help out the organization.

“Winter can be tough if you don’t have the right clothes to keep you warm,” said JHS Needlework Club member, Armando Williams. “You feel really good about yourself by doing a good deed for the local community.”

Chautauqua County Community Purls is a local program associated with knitting4peace.com. Anyone can help out by knitting, crocheting or weaving winter items such as mittens, youth and adult winter hats, baby blankets, and youth and adult scarves. This year, 1,377 warm, hand knit/crocheted items were delivered to local organizations with 488 of these items created by local volunteers since September.  Other items were created and donated by volunteers from across the country who donated their items at gatherings at Chautauqua Institution this summer. There are six locations where people can drop off items:  Cala Lily Yarn Shops, Smith Memorial Library, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and YWCA Westfield. The items are delivered through partnerships with: The Salvation Army, Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Southwestern Elementary Schools, Jamestown Public Schools, YWCA Jamestown Transitional Housing Program and Ellington Food Pantry.

“We want Chautauqua County Community Purls to be an intergenerational endeavor with adults and young people getting involved. So, we were very happy to see that the students from the JHS Needlework Club decided to help us out this year,” said Janet Forbes, Chautauqua County Community Purls Coordinator. “Some of the donations will go to help Jamestown children and other local residents, so, the JHS students and staff can feel good that their efforts are helping some of their own.”

If anyone in the community is interested in creating items for Chautauqua County Community Purls, or has questions about the organization, please call Janet Forbes at 490-2616 or Sue Cala at 397-9478.

posted on 01/05/2016 - filed under: Clubs, Community, Elementary School, JHS, Spotlight, Staff, Students