As we head into the holiday season, we celebrate our lives. For those looking to share that feeling of love and gratitude, the local group Abundance of Love may be a perfect solution. Harbor Hills resident and friend Bobbie Powell explains that this unique alliance of crafters meet in one of three groups in The Villages or Water Oak. With the assistance of area organizer Jen Smith, talented men and women put their crochet, looming and knitting skills to good use.
The focus of Abundance of Love is intentionally local. Nearby hospitals, hospices, cancer aftercare, food pantries and schools with populations of underserved children are regular recipients. An assortment of needed warmth comes from the hand-crafted creations of Abundance of Love. Included are hats for oncology patients of all ages, isolette covers, lap blankets, scarves, comforting shawls and masectomy aids for recovering breast cancer patients.
“With our new direction of meeting local needs,“ Bobbie explains, “we have a direct impact on our surrounding community. We are request-driven and fulfill local needs of all types. Recently, the James Haley Veterans Hospital requested chemo hats and lap blankets. We delivered them in patriotic red, white and blue!” Colorful shawls are donated to patients as part of Advent Health Waterman’s Butterfly Project for hospice care.
Have a caring heart but only a half hour a week to spare? Volunteers can create a loomed hat in thirty minutes. The group meets at the Water Oak Clubhouse on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 1-3PM. All COVID safety restrictions are in place. Patterns and yarn are free. Won’t you share your talents, yarn donations or time to help? Call Bobbie at 352-678-5679 or Jen at 352-250-3431.