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Knitting Group at the Legacy Willow Bend Prepares for Annual Distribution Event for Those in Need

With winter quickly approaching in North Texas, the members of the knitting group at The Legacy Willow Bend, Plano’s only life care retirement community, are hard at work as they prepare for their annual distribution event. The group will donate items they have knitted or crocheted to various local organizations to distribute to those in need. This year, the Ladies of The Legacy Willow Bend are planning to donate around 2,300 pieces. Since their inception, the group has created well over 14,000 pieces. At the event, the groups accepting the donations will also speak individually about how the items help them to serve others. The event will take place at The Legacy Willow Bend (6106 Ohio Drive) on Monday, December 5 at 3:00 p.m.  Please see the list of organizations accepting donations below:

  • Cochran United Methodist Church
  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit
  • Dallas Police Department
  • Jewish Family Services of Greater Dallas
  • Plano Police Department
  • Tim Lydia – Go Back for The Children
  • Vogel Alcove

“The volunteer program here at The Legacy Willow Bend provides the residents with an opportunity to give back to the greater community,” said Rivae Campo, volunteer coordinator at The Legacy Willow Bend. “As a not-for-profit organization, we take pride in supporting other not-for-profit organizations, which depend on the generosity of others to make a difference in the local community.”

During the weeks leading up to the event and throughout the year on Monday afternoons, you can find members of the group hard at work knitting and crocheting hats, scarves and even children’s blankets. For the last seven years, the group has worked diligently to provide articles of clothing to the homeless and area families. The group is a constant symbol of generosity and service. For member Vy Hansen, the group is more than just a weekly event on her calendar. It’s a reminder of the blessings in which she has received throughout her own life and the opportunity to share that with others.

“We might meet each week to knit, but let me tell you we never stop knitting,” says Hansen. “Our weekly meeting is an opportunity for us to come together and reflect, as well as socialize, but we also knit and work on our projects in our free time. I experience an incredible amount of satisfaction knowing that what we do makes a difference for someone else. I’ve been very blessed, and this gives me the opportunity to share those blessings with those in need. As we prepare for this year’s distribution event, I’m excited and energized by the thought of hearing firsthand how our knitting improves lives. I hope that our efforts inspire other people to make a difference as well.”

“We are honored to have generous individuals like the members of the knitting group as a part of our community,” said Marilyn Israel, executive director of The Legacy Willow Bend. “Our community is proud to support families and children who need our help. We hope this year’s distribution event will encourage kindness and generosity all year long.”