OSWEGO, NY – A grassroots group of crafters has undertaken a project to ensure that those in need around the community will start the new year off warmly.
During the last week of January, members of the Oswego Fiber Arts Studio Group will share a little warmth and kindness throughout our community.
“We don’t have a final piece count yet. I’m guessing we will have 50-60 pieces spread across the parks,” said Patti Beaumont, a spokesperson for the group. “It’s the first event, so we are starting small to make sure that things go smoothly.”
People walking in Oswego’s Breitbeck Park, Washington Square Park, Franklin Park and Fulton’s Great Bear Recreation Area, will find gift packages containing handmade cowls, mittens, hats, ear warmers and scarves hanging from trees and tied to benches.
Anyone who finds an item is welcome to take it home – or to pass it along to someone who would like it.
At last week’s Physical Services Committee meeting, Tom Kells, DPW commissioner, said he received a request from the Oswego Fiber Arts Studio Group to leave knit hats, scarves and mittens in public parks throughout the city as part of its Random Acts of Warmth and Kindness event.
It will be held in January 2017.
The items will be placed in plastic bags, decorated with bows, and include a card from the maker to “The Lucky Finder,” Beaumont explained.
The card directs the person to “please enjoy the item or to pass it along to someone they know who would enjoy it or needs it,” she added.
“We have confirmed permission from Great Bear and tentative approval for the Oswego parks,” Beaumont told Oswego County Today. “The parks are pending final approval after the council meeting on the 12th.”
The gifts will be carefully attached to benches and trees in the parks and along the walking paths, she said.
The group will check on the condition of the items during the give-away week.
Any unclaimed items will be removed by the group at the end of the week.
“The group is making items for people of all ages and sizes. We’re looking forward to it and hope we’ll put a little happiness into people’s winter walks,” Beaumont said.
The Oswego Fiber Arts Studio Group meets Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. at the McCrobie Center in Oswego.
“Meetings are relaxed, informal times for people to work on personal projects from a wide range of fiber-centric crafts including knitting, crochet, rug hooking, needlepoint, spinning and more,” Beaumont explained.
Fiber artists of all ages and experience levels are welcome to bring a project and join in.
People can also participate through the Oswego Fiber Arts Studio Group Facebook page.
Members use the page for sharing tips, patterns, pictures, and conversation.
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