Northbrook Park District knitters and crocheters continue long history of giving back

What are you thankful for this Christmas season? Friends, family, a home? Many will be grateful for the simple gift of warmth and comfort at this time of year.

What seems like a small gesture of looping yarn together into colorful gifts has meant so much to local charities and community organizations. Founded over 30 years ago by Northbrook resident Hanc Weiner, Northbrook Park District Senior Center’s Knitting and Crocheting Group has worked for decades with a mission to give back.

A free drop-in program for senior center members, this group consists of creators who have been knitting and crocheting since they were young, to some who have only recently taken up needles and hooks. It’s never too early or too late to learn, making it a great activity for everyone. The group always welcomes new members and often teaches skills to beginners.

The knitters and crocheters also do a tremendous amount of community service and keep a binder documenting their donations. The historic binder is full of thank you letters and photos showing how their creations impacted the community. From veterans’ homes to children’s hospitals, their generosity is well documented.

Her most recent contribution was for Senator Julie Morrison’s fundraiser to help keep local children in foster care warm this winter. The Foster Children Pajama Drive, coordinated with the Northbrook Public Library, posted a call for pajamas, socks and gloves, and the knitting and crochet group responded with a colorful array of hats, mittens and scarves.

Morrison recently came to the Northbrook Park District Senior Center to personally thank the group. Morrison presented the group with a certificate of appreciation for their generous donation of handcrafted items.

“The effort and talent displayed in the Knitting and Crocheting Group’s beautiful handmade items is remarkable and greatly appreciated. During this fundraising season, our community stopped by to donate hundreds of pajamas to keep children in need warm this winter. Thank you to our partners like Northbrook Park District and Northbrook Public Library for making our pajama campaign such a huge success,” said Senator Morrison.

Want to make a difference this holiday season? Help support the great efforts of the Northbrook Park District Senior Center group.

Knitting and Crochet Group Volunteer Leader Phyllis Kosner said: “We are low on yarn and we need help. If you have any yarn left over from knitting, donate it here. We love leftovers, we make patchwork, we take pieces and make blankets from scratch and people are thrilled to have them. If you don’t knit but would like to donate, we’d love and appreciate gift cards for shops that stock yarn.”

If you are interested in joining the group, donating yarn, or joining the senior center, call the Northbrook Park District at (847) 291-2995. The group meets weekly from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Recreation Center, 3323 Walters Ave. Donations are also accepted at this location.

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