Knit-in helps keep homeless Philadelphia children warm

A “knit-in” took place recently at Philadelphia City Hall to give some young people warm hats and mittens to ward off winter’s cold.

More than 100 people came to City Hall for the annual knit-in to create hats, scarves and mittens for children living in Philadelphia homeless shelters.

Roberta Pritchett has been coming for four consecutive years to the event. “Because I love doing it and helping other people out,” she said. “It’s for the homeless the people underprivileged children”

Julie Smith’s hands were a blur while crocheting a multicolored hat, but she says anyone can learn how to do it.

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“Oh, it’s fabulous, because it’s helping someone else and it’s something you can do with your hands,” Smith said.

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown came up with the idea. The handiwork, she says, will be distributed soon.

“We put them all in huge gift bags and two weeks before Christmastime we give them out at all 35 shelters so that every single child from zero to age 18 has something to keep their heads and fingers covered,” the councilwoman said.

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