Mitzvah Knitters Will Continue
On Monday, June 20th, Mitzvah Knitters held the final end of year party at Shaar Shalom with the traditional pizza party. There was a lovely turnout of dedicated women, members and non-members, to celebrate the work they have done over the past ten years and to honour the two chairs, Janice Shachter and Arna Cappe who have tirelessly devoted themselves to the group. They drove great distances to get yarn at great prices and hauled loads of yarn to and from their cars to ensure the army of women were always well-stocked with different kinds of knitting materials.
Over the past 10 years the women of Mitzvah Knitters have created knitted and crocheted items to the tune of close to 20,000 pieces. There were lap blankets that went to hospitals to warm the sick and the aged and there were hats and mitts to warm children and adults who may have been in women’s or youth shelters. The work was truly a gift of love, piece by piece. Each item was tagged with Mitzvah Knitters and the knitter’s name. It was a touching gift that was surely appreciated by many.
Now that Shaar Shalom Synagogue is closing and Janice and Arna decided to relinquish the lead on this project and turn over the baton to Renee Birnbaum. She has made arrangements with the National Council of Jewish Women to house the project and keep the good work going. So don’t disappear. You can email Renee directly.