Handmade from the Heart of Three Pillars’ Residents

Resident Group Donates 1,002 Knit and Crocheted Items to Local Nonprofit Organizations

The resident-organized Crocheting & Knitting Group at Three Pillars has kept very busy this year creating hats, mittens, scarves, and other winter apparel all year round. During the cozy winter months, the sweltering days of summer, and the weeks in between, they kept knitting and crocheting.

Why? So they could spread warmth to those in need during the holiday season!

Pile of handmade winter clothing donated by Three Pillars residents
Warmth and love (in the form of knit and crocheted hats, mittens, scarves, and more) was organized and ready to be delived to local nonprofits. 

14 resident volunteers came together in 2021 to help create 1,002 items that they donated to local nonprofit organizations this month. This year’s special drop-off day included stops at the Women’s Shelter, Hope Center, Hebron House, Oconomowoc Lake Area Free Clinic, and Oconomowoc and KM Food Pantries.

The resident volunteer group, established in 2006, quickly became a hit with the community and the tradition has continued since. Organizations and recipients of the knitted goods are grateful for the generous donations and eagerly await the drop-off each year.

Volunteer at Three Pillars donating handmade winter clothing
Volunteer Barbara Lee distributed the handmade items to local nonprofits this year – pictured here at Hebron House of Hospitality.

Maryanne Wells, a member of the Crocheting & Knitting Group, commented,

At Three Pillars, we not only plan ahead to prevent safety concerns in the design of our buildings and added features, but we partner with our staff and residents to educate them. We work to prevent what we can and ensure we’re all prepared in the case of an unavoidable safety concern.

If you’re interested in supporting their work, donations of yarn are gladly accepted year-round to any main Three Pillars entrance. While they’re grateful for any donation, the group prefers skeins of enough color to make a complete item in a 4-ply knitted worsted style.



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