Staff and management at the Wool Shoppe and the Craft Shop in Van Riebeeck Park are not only passionate about crocheting and the skill of crafting but also about giving back to the community.
The two shops are running a charity scarf drive with the aim to donate scarves to those in need.
“We want to get 1 000 scarves by the end of May,” said Wool Shoppe’s Cynthia Long.
“The drive is already underway and thus far we have 70 scarves.”
The Craft Shop is under new management but already embarking on a charity drive.
“My son Jarryd Long (22) took over the Craft Shop and they are on board with the drive as giving back is very close to our hearts,” said Cynthia.
“A group of women come to the shop every Wednesday morning to do their projects. They also help with the scarves. We might add blankets but we will decide on that as time goes on and it also depends on what is handed in.
“We invite people to join this initiative to help us reach our goal and if we can get more than 1 000 scarves, that would be even better. People who can’t knit or crochet are also welcome to donate wool and those who can, are welcome to make a scarf.”
They do not expect any fancy scarves, just as long as it keeps somebody warm.
“There are a lot of easy patterns you can use while watching television. People can drop of their scarves at the Wool Shoppe or Craft Shop.
“We don’t have a specific home or organisation where we will distribute the scarves but if a home needs some, they must let us know.”
Cynthia said the initiative was inspired by the work they did last year.
“Last year, we helped a company with blankets for their 67 minutes for Mandela Day, so we thought of doing our own thing and keep it local,” she said.
“I also know what it is like not to have so I want to assist wherever possible.”
For more information or to donate, contact Cynthia on 011 976 0146 or 072 110 9004.