An Ahwatukee Foothills group wants knitters and crocheters to put their skills to good use to help underprivileged children across the globe.
The Knitting and Crocheting Ministry at Mountain View Lutheran Church has begun a project in which they will send knitted and crocheted hats to Save the Children, a non-profit organization that will ultimately send the finished products to places in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
The grassroots initiative, called "Caps for Good," has a goal to make hats for millions of newborns and will distribute them in February. But from now until then, for someone who wants to help, look no further than Café Soul at MVLC on Wednesday's from 10 to 11 a.m. Christine Mahon, faith community nurse for MVLC, is in charge of the Knitting and Crocheting Ministry and said they have up to 10 people there Wednesday morning and the group has already made more than 150 hats.
"It's a really good thing, we take an hour out of our weeks to spend time together for the goal of helping others," Mahon said.
A unique aspect about the initiative, Mahon said, is that they are using discarded yarn or thread to create the hats, which in all likelihood would be thrown away otherwise.
"It takes about an hour-and-a-half and we are using scraps that would normally have no value to potentially save a life," she said. "That's why (Caps for Good) really touched my heart. Taking something you can throw away, you can turn it into something so important."
This is not the first time the ministry, which was created just over three years ago, has been involved in knitting or crocheting for a good cause. They also make sweaters for children on the Navajo reservation and prayer shawls for people who are suffering from an illness or personal crisis all over the country.
"I'm addicted to it," Mahon said. "When we found this new project, it was brought to the group's attention and we all immediately jumped on it."
To find out how to help, e-mail Mahon, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Café Soul on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m.