Certain regions of the U.S. were hit particularly hard this past winter, whether with destructive blizzards, flooding, or drought. In Stillwater, Oklahoma, forecasters predicted a particularly cold season with temperatures dipping into the single digits. Seeing the weather estimates, Oklahoma State student Marianne Weber became worried about the large number of homeless residents camped out at Couch Park near her university.
Though both Marianne and friend Lexy had made a habit in the past of delivering hot meals to the community whenever they could, their latest idea required some assistance. So they reached out to Random Acts in November to propose their act idea and, funds in hand, the two busy students headed out to gather supplies. After collecting yarn and fleece to make lined winter hats and cozy scarves, Marianne and Lexy got to work preparing their items.
Although it took some time to assemble the knit caps, they eventually finished and used the remaining funds to purchase bags full of groceries to prepare a hot meal as well. During two separate trips, the girls were able to successfully deliver their gifts, much to the delight of the displaced community of Couch Park.
Once they had distributed their items, the two students made their way to their local homeless shelter, the Central Oklahoma Mission of Hope, to donate the remaining hats, scarves and meals. “Mission of Hope was so excited and many of their residents were grateful for the homemade gifts and food,” says Marianne. “Lexy and I were both honored to help…. We’re excited to start planning our next project!”
But the girls didn’t stop there. Realizing the huge amount of planning ahead of them for the next winter, they started work on new hats and scarves right away… and it seems their fellow Oklahoma State students are more than eager to lend a hand in any way possible.
“We’re working on building up a nice stash to take to the shelter when the temperature starts dropping this coming fall. There’s even been outside interest [from] others to make items for us to ease the workload, which is spectacular,” Marianne relates. “It’s been incredible to see people light up hearing about what we’re doing. The amount of yarn that’s been donated to us is amazing. It’s been awesome to explain to them what Random Acts does and see them want to do projects of their own.”
“We are so excited to see how a year’s worth of knitting turns out,” she says. “We hope to try and spread the love (and yarn) to even more shelters around the city!”
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