Knitting group PoCo raises nearly $2,000 for transitional housing

Even in isolation, a local knitting group is bound by its dedication to keeping babies warm and bringing hope to victims of domestic violence.

Women supporting women.

Eleven Port Coquitlam seniors have worked tirelessly over the past year to create warm clothes and blankets, and recently sold them to benefit a local transitional housing organization.

In total, the Astoria Retirement Residence Knitting Circle raised $1,795 through its annual craft fair and auction for the Tri-City Transitions Society.

The non-profit organization helps women and children leave domestic violence or abuse by providing emergency shelter, housing and other services to approximately 1,500 families in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port each year Moody, Anmore and Belcarra.

“We are proud of these achievements, especially when the [COVID-19] pandemic meant we couldn’t engage visitors,” knitting circle member Sonja Archbold said in an email to News from the three cities via Astoria resident Jim Peacock.

“We’ll be knitting over the holidays and every day in 2022.”

The other 10 participants in the group are (in alphabetical order):

  • Anne Conway
  • Renata Hartmann
  • Diane Kennedy
  • Audrey Lactin
  • Therese Lamb
  • Anne-Marie Mattman
  • jessie richmond
  • Bette Stirling
  • Isobel Straghan
  • Irene Williams

The ladies – who range from the late 70s to the early 90s – sat in front of Astoria’s main fireplace week after week, sewing row after row of yarn to make baby clothes, as well as mittens, blankets, toys and other soft items.

Creations in 2021 were provided to Infirmières Sans Frontières to help young children coming out of surgeries.

Earlier this year, the Astoria Knitters also made 13 tummy tucks and delivered them to the Fellburn Care Center in Burnaby for its long-term care residents.

The Astoria Retirement Residence in Port Coquitlam is located at 2245 Kelly Avenue.

You can Click here to learn more about the Tri-City Transitions Society.