Every day, young students at a Canadian elementary school quickly devour their lunches so they can get their hands on an unlikely item: a pair of knitting needles.
Since the beginning of the school year, over two dozen female students – aged 9 to 12 – at Genesis Elementary School in Laval, QC, have been weaving together spools of yarn to create beautiful blankets. Inspired by their school secretary Carmela Pistilli, the girls have found a new favourite hobby.
“My grandmother taught me how to knit and I thought it would be fun to knit with Ms. Carmie and a bunch of girls,” said grade four student Julia Azzi, speaking to CTV News.
But Azzi and her fellow knitters are doing much more than killing their lunch hour. The warm blankets that they create are being donated to patients who are going through chemo therapy at the Jewish General Hospital. Both of Pistilli’s parents were cancer patients at said hospital.
“I didn’t want to just raise money,” she said to CTV News. “I wanted to give something to the patients and I love to knit so I took knitting classes.”
The knitting club dubbed “The Blankets of Hope” project has been a smashing hit, and this past holiday season the group of kids delivered their first batch to the hospital.
“It’s emotional. I’m touched,” Pistilli said. “I’m very proud of the girls.”
And they’re not done yet. Come Easter, they plan on delivering even more blankets to keep chemo patients warm as they continue their fight against cancer.
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