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Local Knitters Drop Off Their Warm Donations for Holiday Distribution

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photo by Diane Grenkow
Judy Bond and Heather Katz show some of the items they have made for distribution by the Hardwick Area Food Pantry.

HARDWICK – For the third year, the Hardwick Area Food Pantry is helping people stay warm this winter by collecting new hats, gloves, socks and scarves to donate to families who might need some extra help.

Recently, two members of the Green Mountain Knitting Guild dropped off hand-knit items to the collection box at the Jeudevine Library. Judy Bond and Heather Katz were part of the Guild’s “Knit Along” project to benefit people in both Hardwick and Barre, towns hard hit by the summer floods. Other local knitting groups also regularly donate, as well as caring individuals.

Vermont’s Darn Tough Socks has provided their life-time guaranteed socks for the second year in a row.

This year items for men and teenagers are still especially needed. Donations for women and children continue to be welcome. There are drop-off boxes at the Jeudevine Library, Buffalo Mountain Market, Civic Standard, and at the food pantry during open hours. The collection continues through the end of December.

The Hardwick Area Food Pantry began collecting and distributing hats, gloves and scarves in 2020 when so many service organizations were shut down because of the pandemic. The extra items from the first year were donated to local schools. Local refugee families received the surplus in 2022. The organization is hoping that this year will top the first two, but additional donations are needed to meet

that goal.

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