Taftville woman using donated yarn to help clothe needy

Norwich Bulletin | January 31, 2012 | Terri LaBarre; Lisbon; Walmart; TVCCA; Community Action; Housing Shelter; CAFCA

Lisbon, Conn. —

Yarn donations made at Walmart at Lisbon Landing this week will help keep needy families warm.

While she’s laid up recovering after surgery, Terri LaBarre, 44, of Taftville, said she hopes to outfit children and their parents staying at the Thames Valley Council for Community Action family shelter.

LaBarre is working with the Lisbon Walmart to collect enough yarn to make at least 50 adult-sized hats and scarves and more than 100 child-sized hats, scarves, slippers and mittens.

A friend from Moosup already donated infant hats, and LaBarre plans to make two dozen baby blankets to complement those.

With enough yarn and a few helpers, LaBarre figures she could get the knitting and crocheting done within two weeks. She already has one helper, she said — her 1-year-old granddaughter, Isabella, is an expert yarn-holder.

LaBarre said she wanted to help a family shelter because of her previous experience.

“I was in a women’s shelter in New London with my daughter when she was under a year old, so I know how it feels,” she said.

It was a long time ago, and she’s come a long way since then, she said, “but we’re struggling too. That’s part of the reason I want to do this.”

At TVCCA, the shelter staff are excited about working with LaBarre.

“There’s always a need, especially for hats, mittens and scarves,” said Ida Parker, TVCCA’s assistant director of housing and shelter services. “Kids want to play outside, and they get wet. And their parents need those things to watch them outside. Sometimes families come in with none of those, so we can give them some to keep themselves warm.”

With families staying for 60 days at a time at the shelter, “it’s a great need, and something we go through quite a bit,” Parker said.


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