The trees in Regina’s Victoria Park must have looked a bit chilly this week. On Wednesday afternoon, there were 300 scarves tied around them.
It was done by the group Angels 4 Warmth to raise awareness about the need for warm clothing for those less fortunate. The scarves were left for those who need them.
Since the mid-1990s, the group has gotten together to knit and crochet warm clothing like mitts, toques, scarves and blankets – and then give them away.
Donna Curran is president of the group. She said they now have more than 150 volunteers.
“We have a lean, mean team of volunteers who are busy crocheting and you name it to help those in need.”
Curran has been involved with the group for about five years. She said she believes the need for their services is increasing.
“There’s well over 20 organizations that have approached us that have expressed a need for mitts, toques, scarves, quilts, blankets, you name it.”
Last year the group made 8,000 pieces and this year they’re shooting for 10,000.
Curran said the group gets lots of letters thanking them for their services, and sometimes they hear from people in person.
“This lady showed up at our last meeting and told us that she had been in a fire and we had helped her out, and now she is helping us by knitting and crocheting for those in need,” said Curran.
The group is always looking for people who want to get involved, according to Curran. They accept donations of yarn and quilting materials, and have space for more people to knit and crochet pieces. Contact information can be found on the group’s Facebook page.