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Recession-conscious charity event Nov. 21 to make blankets for orphans

November 8th, 2009 Posted in Opinion

By Rebecca Hansen

BRIGHAM CITY—An upcoming charity event will give people an opportunity to give to a good cause even in these difficult economic times.

Erin Young, a Brigham City resident, is organizing a “Knit-A-Square” day on Nov. 21 at Just Bee Scrapn’, 80 S. Main, in Brigham City, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Knit-A Square charity collects knitted and crocheted eight-inch squares, assembles them into blankets and distributes them among South Africa’s orphaned children.

“I like to help and I like to knit,” Young said. “And all the knitters I know have extra yarn lying around so this is the perfect way to use it up.”

Kalai McDonald, daughter of Knit-A-Square co-founder Sandy McDonald, said this year’s goal is 2,000 blankets. So far they’ve handed out close to 1,200. She said donations have come from 34 countries around the world.

“There are 1.4 million children orphaned in South Africa, followed by a sickening 500 children orphaned daily,” said McDonald. “The aim of Knit-A-Square is to raise as much awareness as possible for the plight of the children of South Africa.”

Young said this event provides an easy way to make a difference and she hopes to get as many people involved as possible.

“A life well spent involves touching as many lives as possible,” Young said.

Young said there will be extra yarn, needles and hooks available at the event. Young will also be accepting donations to help pay for the postage. For those who would like to donate squares but can’t make it to the event, Young said there will be boxes at Just Bee Scrapn’ and the Box Elder News Journal, 55 S. 100 West, Brigham City, to collect the squares from now until Dec. 18. For more information, visit www.knit-a-square.com.

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