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Bedford's Shul Stitchers Knit Up Cozy Comforts For Charity

Shul Stitchers is looking for knitters to join two groups -- one in Bedford and the other in Pleasantville -- that are making hats, scarves, blankets and more for local charities.
Shul Stitchers is looking for knitters to join two groups -- one in Bedford and the other in Pleasantville -- that are making hats, scarves, blankets and more for local charities. Photo Credit: Contributed
Shul Stitchers is looking for knitters to join two groups -- one in Bedford and the other in Pleasantville -- that are making hats, scarves, blankets and more for local charities.
Shul Stitchers is looking for knitters to join two groups -- one in Bedford and the other in Pleasantville -- that are making hats, scarves, blankets and more for local charities. Photo Credit: Contributed

BEDFORD, N.Y. – Calling all knitters!; Shul Stitchers is in need of a few needle-wielding yarn-aholics to make scarves, hats, blankets, and other cozy items for the needy, the founder of the Bedford-based organization said.

Stitchers’s Karen Newman says knitters gather for charity at Temple Shaaray Tefila in Bedford on the second Monday of each month, and at the Rosenthal JCC in Pleasantville on the third Monday of each month.

Knitters who want to stay at home, Newman said, can drop off their finished items at either location.

Before moving to Bedford, Newman was an active member of her synagogue's Tikkun Olam committee, in Penn Valley, Pa. It was there that she created Shul Stitchers, a group that makes and donates knitted items to domestic violence shelters, hospitals, hospice centers, and other organizations.

To date, Newman said, Shul Stitchers has created more than 50 lap blankets, 60 scarves, 25 baby hats, 18 adult hats, and 10 pairs of slippers.

Newman said she likes to refer to Shul Stitchers as a small but mighty group.

"We do our knitting at home in our spare time, and then meet once a month to pull together a package of knitted items to be donated where ever the need exists," she said.

The following local organizations, and their wish lists, are:

  • Women's Resource Center of Northern Westchester (WRC) shelte r : Scarves, hats, slippers, and blankets.
  • Katonah Community Center: Scarves, hats, and blankets.
  • Ken Hamilton Caregivers, Center Replication Program : Comfort shawls to be given to caregivers staying overnight in the hospital, or dealing with particularly trying cases; and a throw blanket for the center’s massage chair.

Temple Shaaray Tefila is located at 89 Baldwin Road, Bedford Corners.

The JCC is located at 600 Bear Ridge Road in Pleasantville.

For more information, contact Karen Newman at knwm64@gmail.com.

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