Warm gesture to help Eastern Europe

A group of enthusiastic Invercargill knitters are stitching together items to donate to families in Eastern Europe.

Operation Cover Up Southland co-ordinator Margaret McIntosh (back row) and Knitwit group members (front from left) Anne Mollison, Nancy Burnett, Isabelle Clarke and the Rev Heather Kennedy, gathered alongside seven others to knit items at First Presbyterian Church last week.

Some of their creations consisted of colourful blankets, jerseys, scarves, slippers, socks, gloves and mittens.


This initiative was a part of the Mission Without Borders — Operations Cover Up which aims to donate knitted garments to Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Albania and Bosnia Herzegovina.

People in these countries often experienced temperatures from 20degC to 25degC below zero in winter, Mrs McIntosh said.

The group was aware the war in Ukraine was taking a huge toll on people and the countries they had fled to.

"We know some people are needing extra warmth and so we are wanting to help."

The knitted items will be on display at the Holy Trinity Church Hall, in Invercargill, on June 10.



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