By Mary Epting
The “Yarn People”, a group of about a dozen women from Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church, Chapin, who knit and crochet, raised $2160 for charity at a recent “Market at the Mount” event. Earlier this year, these women taught others to knit or crochet and sent several hundred wash cloths and dish cloths to South Carolina’s companion Synod-Southwest Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. They continued to meet on Wednesday’s at the Coffee Shelf, for refreshment, fellowship and yarn crafts. As their yarn work began to accumulate, they decided to sell it and divide the money between one local and one global mission outreach. They invited other crafters to join them in their “Market at the Mount” to raise money for this service project. Soon, they had numerous other yarn and fabric, paper, stone and wood crafts made by members of the congregation.
The sale of these donations, from many craftsmen, made it possible to present checks for $1080 each, to We Care — the local food bank — and to the The Tanzania Synod. The Food Bank’s needs are ongoing. We Care provides food, fuel assistance in cold weather, gas money for doctor’s visits and numerous other needs for the community. The lack of clean drinking water is a problem for the residents of Tanzania who live peaceably but on a poverty level in a country surrounded by turmoil. The average salary is equivalent to about two dollars a day so they have little ability to fund infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer, health and education etc. This money will be used to alleviate some of the needs in the local and global community, in an outreach to folks whose hearts are grateful.
Gloria Addy, who chaired the project for the Yarn People said, “I do like that we can focus on the church as a whole and it being a good news story is a good thing.”