Whitney Place at Sharon Resident Knits for a Cause

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Claire Kadet, Resident of Whitney Place at Sharon, has been busy knitting scarves and hats for the Ilse Marks Food Pantry in Stoughton.

Resident Engagement Director at Whitney Place at Sharon, Allison Karsay, said the partnership with the food pantry began around Thanksgiving, when the community was able to raise $150 for food items during the holidays. Ilse Marks Food Pantry serves Stoughton and Sharon residents.

“We’re always looking for ways to give back to the community; Sharon and other surrounding towns have been so great to our small Whitney Place community this past year—from student pen pals to community challah bread deliveries—there were many people always making sure our Residents had encouragement.”

Karsay continues, “Helping others and supporting a good cause feels wonderful and is something Residents are looking forward to continuing.”

Kadet, a Resident of Whitney Place at Sharon for three years, says she has been knitting since she was twelve years old. She has knit many different clothing items for different people and organizations over the years, including baby sweaters, hats and more. However, Kadet says that “scarves are [her] favorite article of clothing to make.”

“I love to knit,” says Kadet. “When I heard that we were collecting more donations for the food pantry, I naturally offered to knit some items.”

Kadet was dedicated to the cause; in total, she knit several hats and more than half a dozen scarves. “I’ll be taking a little break because it can be strenuous on my hands and fingers, but I will start back up again,” says Kadet.

According to Feeding America, millions of people throughout the country are newly experiencing food insecurity and additional economic hardship as a result of COVID-19. Massachusetts will see the largest relative increase in the food insecurity rate compared to all other states.

As a result, many people are turning to charitable food assistance programs to make ends meet. Additional personal items, such as winter hats and scarves, are incredibly important to people in need.

Ilse Marks Food Pantry was especially thankful to Kadet for her “wonderful contribution [that] will help our families stay warm this winter and beyond. [These are] lovely items to be able to share with our people in need.”

Since 1952, SALMON Health and Retirement has been serving Central Massachusetts. SALMON’s Beaumont at Worcester community became the nation’s first COVID-19 recovery center for seniors. To learn more about SALMON’s continuum of care with services on multiple campuses and the way in which the organization is fighting COVID-19 head-on, visit www.SalmonHealth.com or call (781) 784-0111.