Every year at the holidays, The Needlecraft Center on Main Street collects hats and scarves from among its customers for those in need, usually in Appalachia. This year, they’re shifting gears and offering help to people in the Northeast dealing with the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
The Needlecraft Center decided to join an effort by is yarn distributor, Knitting Fever, to gather cold weather gear for storm victims. The company is in Amityville, N.Y., on Long Island, and many of its own employees were affected by the storm.
So Needlecraft Center owner Elaine McArn put out the word to her customers, and they responded – in force. On Thursday, she and a coworker were packing up yet another box of scarves, hats, gloves, mittens, and blankets. And they’re continuing to collect items – handmade or not – with a box in the shop.
One woman donated 48 scarves, another sent 28 hats. Most have been hand-made, a way for people to offer a personal hand to those hit by the storm.
“The response has been huge,” Ms. McArn said. “A lot of us donated money to the Red Cross, but this is another way to help.”
The Needlecraft Center is at 102 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-892-8988. www.needlecraftcenter.com