ANDERSON, S.C. (WSPA) – A few knitting groups are dressing up statues in Anderson this holiday season with warm clothing. They’re handmade and from the heart, but they’re not just for looks.
For the second year in a row, they’re leaving them for people in need, to take for free.
“I just love it! And i’m meeting new people, making new friends,” said Kathy Smith, Black Sheep Knitting’s leader.
Last holiday season the Black Sheep Knitting group put their handmade, knitted scarves and hats around all of the statues in the city. They were up for grabs for anyone who needed the warmth and they went fast.
Pictures of the clothing were posted to the Visit Anderson Facebook page in 2015 and spread quickly.
“We put a tag on it that said take me if you need me,” Smith explained. “It was just a lark!”
Afterwards, several people saw their efforts and quickly asked to join in. Smith found 3 other local groups to join in. They spent months knitting together and apart, making more than double the amount to donate this year.
“We thought by giving these things to people that are not quite as fortunate or well off that we could help them and let them know that they are part of the community and people care about them,” she said.
Many of the same statues will be wrapped in their handmade winter ware again and the res will be given to a local charity clothes closet.
But this time they have a special message on the tag, to give those who take them some hope for the holidays.
“This gift was made especially for you by the flock as part of the community knitting project to raise awareness for those in need. These garments are intended to do more than warm the body.. They’re meant to clothe the soul with hope, determination and encouragement. The messages knitted in stitch by stitch are you are not alone. Someone cares for you. Yes, you can.”
The Flock knitting groups plan on dressing Anderson’s statues starting December 2nd during the city’s Christmas tree lighting. They’ll be donating more clothing to St. Johns United Methodist Church’s Clothes Closet on December 4th.
The group wants more people to join their efforts. To find out how, get more information on their Facebook page, by clicking HERE.