Knitting Club Helps Those in Need

Creating something by hand is a labor of love that takes time, patience and skill.

For a small group of Rutgers–Camden students, the reward comes not when the project is complete, but when it is enjoyed by those in need.

“If you have a skill and you use it to do something you love, and if you are able to take that skill and help others, it truly pays off,” says Alexandra Blake-Sanderlin, a sophomore at Rutgers–Camden from Lower Alloways Creek in Salem County.

Blake-Sanderlin is one of seven Rutgers–Camden students who are members of the student-run club Knit 1 Care 2. The group, started by the students during the fall 2012 semester, creates items of clothing or comfort for charitable organizations. This semester, they are making blankets for Project Linus, a nonprofit organization based in Bloomington, Ill. that provides homemade blankets to children in need.

“It’s an extra sense of accomplishment to be able to create something and give it to someone who really needs it,” says Patricia Gordon, the club’s president and a psychology major from St. Mary’s, W.Va. “We started the group as a way to provide some community service through our knitting.”

For Project Linus, the students are working with a local chapter that will distribute the blankets to South Jersey children.

Last semester, the students of Knit 1 Care 2 made scarves for military men and women though Operation Gratitude, a California-based organization that annually sends more than 100,000 care packages to U.S. service members.

“As students, we’re part of this community, so it’s nice to be able to give back to it,” says Blake-Sanderlin, who is double majoring in English and German. “We don’t want to simply live here and hide in our dorms. We want to be out in the larger community and do our part to get involved.”

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