Wanted: more yarn

Cabin Fever Creations in Soldotna is looking for yarn.

Throughout the year, the local artistry shop helps organize the community in collecting donations for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Students in Transition program.

The program assists students who lack a permanent, stable and adequate place to sleep at night through different outlets of assistance from school enrollment, meal benefits, transportation and everyday supplies.

“What we do is we get a hold of the school district and through Students in Transition …. we give low-income, poverty-level kids a hygiene bag … a stocking with tiny toys, socks, hats, gloves and a blanket,” Tammy Groshart of Cabin Fever Creations said.

The blanket is where the yarn comes in.

Since beginning the donations in 2013, Cabin Fever Creations has had volunteers hand-crocheting blankets for the Students in Transition program.

“We have one lady who has been doing them for years,” Groshart said. “She loves to keep her hands moving and she makes these heavy blankets. She even mails them to us when she’s on vacation.”

Cabin Fever Creations is looking for yarn donations to continue this hobby with a mission.

The blankets are paired with a collection of clothes, toys and a hygeine bag that includes soap, conditioner and other essentials. They are then distributed to children and youth in need.

“Last year, I think we did 139. … The year before we did 169,” Groshart said. “I think that was our biggest number.”

Anyone interested in donating yarn, or any other essentials, should bring donations to Cabin Fever Creations on the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna.

“It’s the community that does it — it’s all from the community,” Groshart said. “We put it all together, bag them up and take them to the school at the end, but it’s all from the community.”

Reach Kat Sorensen at kat.sorensen@peninsulaclarion.com.

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