DRACUT (CBS) – Stitching beautiful, intricate and colorful creations, all to help others. That’s what’s happening in Dracut. But it’s where those creations are going that’s the real story.

Every Tuesday from 12:30 to 3 pm, a group of women get together at the Dracut Senior Center. The group is called “Chat & Stitch.”

“It’s a lot of fun in here. We do a lot of chatting, more than stitching,” said Natalie Keenan.

You wouldn’t know that by the results. The small group takes donated yarn and creates useful wonders.

“Hats, scarves, mittens. We make lap afghans. We make twin sized blankets,” said Linda Paradise, who coordinates the donation of hundreds of handicrafts to hospitals, shelters, nursing homes and schools. Because of illness, Linda can’t do as much volunteer work as she used to.

“But I could still crochet. So I still feel like I’m making a difference,” she said.

Making a difference for people who need a hand.

“They’re not in the best situation themselves, so this helps them, gives them a little hope,” says Kim Nelson.

A group of women gather together to knit, only to donate the items to people who need them. (WBZ-TV)

For the group, it’s a perfect match.

“It’s something I do with my time that means something,” said Natalie Keenan.

“I enjoy knitting and I enjoy helping people,” added Ann Medici.

The group relies on donated yarn to do their work, and there’s always a welcoming seat at the table. For those interested in donating yarn, you can contact the Dracut Council On Aging. >

David Wade


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