Helping the homeless

Helping the homeless

Winter is slowly approaching. Are you or do you know someone in need of a hat, scarf or gloves? A nonprofit organization at Kent State is here to help. TV2’s Aja Phillips has the story. . .

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Students, faculty and staff of Knitting for Those in Need (KTN), participate in a Knit-a-Thon on Friday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Kent State University Library.

The focus of the event is to bring awareness to all the people in need in the Kent community.

Knitting for Those in Need is a student and nonprofit organization. It became an official campus organization in Fall 2011.

This organization was started by alumni, Diane Baldridge.

“She started this organization four years ago and she had previous work with the Red Cross,” said President of KTN Julieanna Jimenez “Her mother picked up looming and as a nonprofit studies minor she found a way to mix a hobby into fulfilling a need.”

The volunteer service organization promotes the use of the yarn arts of loom knitting, needle knitting and crochet to create warm items to serve people of need in the community.

KTN provides looms, knitting needles, yarn and lessons to participants during meetings.

“I picked it up really fast,” said sophomore Anne’mare Colant “, it was kind of like riding a bike, once you got it you got it!”

The event is free and open to the university community and the public. Come when you can, leave when you need to. 

Items were distributed to various social service groups, transitional housing organizations, and immigrant/refugee centers in the Kent, Ravenna and Akron areas.

Using the slogan “learn, create, serve,” KTN teaches the craft of knitting whenever they can.

Black Squirrel cookies are given after your task has been completed. For TV2 News I’m Aja Phillips.

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