Knitting for the Needy Brings Young and Old Together
When you think of high school students' after-school activities, knitting might not be the first thing that comes to mind in this day and age. But that's exactly what happens at the Chelsea at Fanwood assisted living residence twice a month.
Beginning this spring, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School's Knitting Club makes regular visits with Chelsea residents and together, they knit, chat and create. It's a project they call, "Knitting for the Needy."
"It is part of our high school's mission to become intertwined with the community, bridge the generation gap and to just do something nice," says, Lilia Perez, a junior at the school and the club's president and founder.
Some of the members have never knitted or crocheted before, while others learned this lost art from their mothers and grandmothers.
The students and residents each work on an individual square, which will later be sewn together to create a blanket for someone in need.
Some of the more experienced knitters, like Chelsea resident Josephine Caparelli, are knitting hats and scarves to be donated to a homeless shelter.
"I can't believe that at age 86, I'm finally learning to knit," says resident Genevieve Scheider — proof positive that you're never too old to learn something new.