COLUMBIA — Karen Cox knows what it takes to keep Joplin disaster survivors warm.
Cox, the owner of Hillcreek Yarn Shoppe in Columbia, has teamed up with Plymouth Yarn, a national yarn company, to knit garments that will be donated to Joplin schools.
Cox was contacted by Kristin Dudolski from the Joplin School District in late July and by Plymouth Yarn, which is based in Pennsylvania.
“I was wanting to do something for Joplin anyway, but it’s nice to have a national yarn company behind me," Cox said.
The Hillcreek Yarn Shoppe was chosen as one of seven collection points throughout the nation. Aug. 9 marked the first "Stitching for Joplin Day" at the Columbia location. The group plans to meet from 3 to 7 p.m. every Tuesday at the Shoppe on 1414 RangeLine St. The group will knit and socialize during each meeting while making clothes for Joplin children in need.
Tuesday's get together had a turnout of 10, ranging in age from teenage to 90 years old. There were mostly women and a few men.
If people are unable to attend the class, there are patterns online that they can follow. Knitted donations will be accepted at the shop on Tuesday nights.
Cox will send out a shipment to Joplin the first week of every month. The first donation will be sent Sept. 1. If there is an overwhelming amount she will send out more frequent, smaller shipments.
Participants are welcome to knit items with no purchase necessary.
Carrie Heyn, a sales associate at the Hillcreek Yarn Shoppe, hopes all goes well with the people donating and knitting specific items.
Heyn has been knitting for five years and plans to attend the shop's class to help knit hats and scarves to make sure Joplin children won't be cold this year.
The shop has set up a room with a comfortable feel for the group. It has a long wooden table, a large soft couch, a television and a computer for visitors to look up different patterns.
“We are going to have the knitting class until they don’t need anything more,” Cox said. "This is so close to home. I would hope someone would help me out if I was in the same situation.”