Evangeline seniors knit to help children in need this winter

Older islanders with a passion for knitting may get a chance to get their hands dirty for a good cause.

The Acadian and Francophone Chamber of Commerce of PEI. asks seniors in Evangeline and surrounding areas to submit their hand-knitted socks, mittens, toques and other knitwear as part of an initiative.

The items will be donated to the Salvation Army of Summerside, who will distribute them to the children before Christmas.

“We know a lot of seniors who knit, so why not give them the opportunity to knit? said Raymond Arsenault, House Activities Coordinator.

During the first broadcast of the project last year, the Chamber was able to present 39 knitted items, including a teddy bear. (Submitted by Raymond Arsenault)

Participants participate in the raffle to win prizes

Arsenault said the initiative is centered on the Le Chez-Nous community care center and the Le Belâge complex.

During the first broadcast of the project last year, the Chamber was able to present 39 knitted items, including a teddy bear.

Crafts will be displayed at the Wellington Co-op before being donated. Participants will also be entered into a draw for a chance to receive $100 in prizes.

“[Last year]the Salvation Army was so happy to receive them,” Arsenault said. “They have so many children, so many families who are in need – in recent years especially …

Some seniors showing the prizes they won last year. (Submitted by Raymond Arsenault)

“Most older people have limited incomes. They don’t have a lot of money, but they can give some of their time to make woolen items.”

The deadline for submitting papers is October 16.