Local knitting guild helps the homeless

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The UP North Knitting Guild has only been around for a couple years, but the group of women are already organizing acts of kindness for those in need. The women in the group are using their talents for a good cause.

Pat Gunning is the president of the group and she says, “It’s a lot of love that goes into those. No matter what people get.”

The group wanted to do its second community service project. They decided to make hats, gloves and scarves for the homeless in Marquette County.

Doug Russell is the Executive Director for The Room at the Inn. He says, “This is another example of our Marquette community stepping up to help those in need.”

The Room at the Inn is an emergency shelter. Plus, there’s a warming center open most of the year. Russell says there are a lot of people in the area without a permanent place to live this winter. So, the items the women made will immediately go to good use.

Russell says, “Every week we have people come into the warming center who are in need whether it be for a hat, glove or coat.”

The women in this group are very talented. Some of them can knit a hat in just a couple of hours. The gloves take a little bit longer about a day or more.

Gunning says, “It makes me feel real good to know somebody out there will have a warm hat on their head.”

Some yarn was donated to the UP North Knitting Guild, but the women also used some of their own for the project.

The group’s first community service project was to make hats for cancer patients

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