ROCHESTER: Doris Breton does knitting for charitable causes. Last week Breton, and members of her two knitting circles, handed over some 450 items to Janice Smith from the SHARE Fund that Smith, in turn, will allocate to needy families, including those living in the Homeless Shelter on Rochester Neck Road.
On display in a community room of the library were scores of gaily colored, hand-knitted hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, slippers, lap robes and sweaters. Around the room, a happy group of women seemed to be knitting everything except their brows. The clothing outlet, one of the SHARE Fund's projects, is located within the Community Center.
Breton recalls that she began her knitting crusade for the less fortunate as a solo effort, back in 1991, after being emotionally affected by the sight of a homeless father and three small kids trying to set up a camp in Hanson Pines.
A devout member of Holy Rosary Church, Breton was joined in her knitting efforts by other women from the congregation and beyond over the years, and now there are now around 40 people who come to her knitting bees on Monday evenings and Wednesday mornings.
Two special knitting events held in September contributed greatly to the sea of garments for “SHARE” a knitting for charities day on Sept. 6 and a knit-a-thon held at the library public library on Sept. 8.
Rochester Wal-Mart donated $225, which allowed them to buy their knit-a-thon yarn in the store.
Looking into the future, Breton sees the benefits of starting knitting groups in Rochester schools as a way of improving children's math, reading and spelling skills, as well as sustaining sheep farmers.