By Dona Harman, Special to the Independent
The Susi Q NeedleArts Guild was busy last Friday, Nov. 22, wrapping over 75 hand-knit and crochet accessories to bring cheer this holiday season to residents of Friendship Shelter and Glennwood Home as well as the homeless through their donation to the Laguna Beach Net-Works Organization.
Hats, scarves, mittens and fingerless gloves were each wrapped along with a written message of warmth to brighten the holiday season of each recipient.
“It is a great way for us to give back to our community,” said Jean Arovas, one of the organizers. Along with Dona Harman and Lisa Triebwasser, the group was founded five years ago and has about 15 active members.
In addition, earlier this year their handiwork produced 40 handmade lap blankets and shawls, donated to Mission Hospital for cancer patients receiving treatment.
The Guild’s work is supported by local businesses, including Sue Palmer, owner of Strands and Stitches yarn shop, and CVS drug store, which donated personal care products for gift bags. The Susi Q Center serves as the group’s foundation, providing a work room and storage for their supplies.
“It takes a village and we have a great one!” said Harman, who invites those interested to join the guild. No experience is necessary and the next meeting will be Friday, Jan. 31, 1-3 p.m. at the Susi Q Senior Center. Members are happy to teach knitting or crochet. Supplies and yarn are available for donated projects.
Dona Harman lives in Three Arch Bay.