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JCHE’s talented knitters help children stay warm this winter

Posted: January 13, 2011

Last week, residents of Coleman House brought kindergarten students at Framingham's Potter Road School a special delivery.  They had a box overflowing with gorgeous knitted items for a class filled with young children from Brazil.  The delivery of hats, mittens and scarves was well timed before this recent storm.  It was clear from the quality of these goods that the Coleman House knitters made these with love so these children would be better prepared for New England's cold temperatures.


Bea Goodfader and Paula Weitz brought the items on behalf of all the residents at Coleman who are part of the Monday afternoon knitting group.  They set out the colorful goods on a large table for the children to see.  One by one, they helped each child select a hat set that matched their favorite color.  The delighted children could hardly contain their excitement as they politely waited for their turn to choose. While the items on display were lovely, the true beauty was apparent as the beaming children put on the hats, wiggled their hands into the mittens, and swung the scarves around their necks.


This is the fourth year that JCHE residents have donated their knitting to the Potter Road School kids.  Like many projects, this one began following a casual discussion.  Coleman House Resident Services Coordinator Elizabeth Reiss learned about the needs of the school children when talking with a friend, Susan Tofias.  Susan was one of several members of Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley who tutored weekly at the Potter.  Elizabeth knew that many of Coleman House's lifelong knitters would be very happy to help children stay warm.  JCHE's Generations Together Director Barbara Friedman coordinated the efforts and the project took off. 


And as 'win-win' situations go, this project brings together seniors who love children and knitting, with kids who need appropriate clothing for the winter weather.  It's an absolute winner!


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