Your Views: Janesville women's group knits love into every donation
In my opinion, the rich and famous givers receive recognition in the form of a brass plaque, an engraved brick or public praise for their high dollar donations to well-known worthy causes. Yet the small, faithful, continual givers, as individuals or small groups, go unheralded as they quietly support local charities and those in need without receiving any notoriety.
I would personally like to recognize and give my thanks to Donna Acheson, Carol Canizaro, Deanna Case, Dorothy Decker, Joyce Floyd, Katty Jorenby, Hazel Krause, Elinor Lorum, Barb Lueck, Linda Meyer, Kay Nordlee, Vera Stillman, Margaret Tegt, Aleta Thompson, Jean Upward and Harriette Young for their steadfast commitment to providing knitted and crocheted goods to comfort those in need.
Since 2000, this group of women has donated to newborn babies, schoolchildren, veterans and to cancer, dialysis, palliative care and hospice patients. These women create and distribute more than 1,100 items annually, including baby caps, special holiday caps, tassel caps, cancer caps, skull caps, scarves, pillows, mastectomy capes, lap robes, afghans and prayer shawls. Janesville, Fitchburg and Madison residents receive their donations of love knit into every item in the hope of comforting their recipients. They are members of the Janesville Knitting Grandmas.