Senior citizens knit for the needy

A GROUP of dedicated knitters has put its love of the pastime to good use by handcrafting more than 500 knitted garments to donate to those struggling to keep warm during the colder months.

The members of the New Town Senior Citizens Club in Hobart recently presented their woolly creations to Guardian Pharmacy’s “Guardian Angel” program, which has seen more than two million people receive the gift of warmth in its 18-years of operation.

The collection of jumpers, beanies and blankets will now be distributed across the state to help Tasmanians on low incomes and those who are homeless.

Knitting group coordinator Pat Carpenter said it was a “wonderful feeling” to see her creations put to good use.

“It’s a lovely feeling to know that you are doing something good for someone else – someone who probably can’t go to the shop and buy a woollen jumper for themselves,” she said.

“Our children and grandchildren have all grown up, so this knitting group keeps us busy and gives us something to do other than sit at home and watch television.”

Since joining the Guardian Angel Knitting Program 15-years-ago, the New Town Senior Citizens knitting group has now crafted at least 10,000 items.

Phil Jones, from Guardian Pharmacy, said the group had done a “great job” contributing to the worthwhile program.

“You certainly do get a warm and fuzzy feeling when you walk into the room and see all the hard work and effort that has been put into these knitted garments,” he said.

“The New Town Senior Citizens Club knitting group has supported us from the start and it’s a great thing it is doing for the community.

“While the group’s numbers may have dwindled a bit, the quantity and quality of its donations certainly haven’t.”

Mr Jones said the knitted garments would be donated to Tasmanian shelters and crisis centres.

“They go to where they are needed and with Tasmania’s cold winters, some of these warm rugs will certainly help a lot of people,” he said.

For more information about the Guardian Angel knitting program, visit www.guardianpharmacies.com.au

Caption: The New Town Senior Citizen Club’s “Guardian Angels” display their handmade items, which will be distributed across the state to help Tasmanians doing it tough during the colder months.

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  1. Deborah Woodward 22 June, 2021 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Iam a basic knitter learnt at school. But need to learn how to read a pattern can you help as l would love to join and knit for the needy thankyou
    Deborah Woodward.

  2. Anita 1 August, 2021 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Hello. I have approximately 100 woollen squares that I have knitted. They measure 20cms square and are assorted colours. Is there anybody who might like to sew all these squares together to make blankets for donation?

    Thank you.

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