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RSVP volunteers warm the community

Updated 6:45 pm, Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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  • Kids in the NEON Child Development Program show off their warm weather gear that they received from RSVP recently. Photo: Contributed Photo
    Kids in the NEON Child Development Program show off their warm weather gear that they received from RSVP recently. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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Retired and Senior Volunteer Program volunteers have been knitting hats, scarves, mittens and other items all year for children in our area.

These items were recently given out to a number of local agencies that provide services to those in the Greater Norwalk area. Hand-knit items were given to more than 700 children, including pre-schoolers in the NEON Child Development Program.

RSVP of Southwestern Connecticut has about 35 volunteers who knit year-round. This includes a group at Kingsway, the Norwalk Senior Center, the Weston Senior Center and the Westport Women's Club.

Several of the volunteers accompany RSVP staff in delivering their colorful knitted items. The volunteers meet with their group on a weekly basis to show off what they've worked on during the week. This keeps the seniors active and engaged in their community and helps them to know they are doing something positive for others.

In 2012, RSVP was the recipient of a grant from CL&P, which helped pay for some of the yarn. Donations of yarn are always welcome.

Anyone 55 or older is eligible to sign up as an RSVP volunteer. In addition to knitting, RSVP volunteers also assist in after-school programs, read to preschoolers, help at Red Cross blood drives, provide transportation to seniors and veterans and engage in many other volunteer activities in our community.

For information about RSVP, call Nancy Pratt at 203-663-7332 or email npratt@neoncaa.org.