"It started as just a small project, we thought we would have our professional friends help out with, then we put it in the paper and it really exploded," explains Valerie Houshar, Executive Director of The Highlands on the East Side.
The assisted living facility has kept seniors busy over November, collected and hand-making hats, mittens, scarves and even coats to donate to Rhode Island's homeless. Catherine Webb, a resident at The Highlands says, "To help the homeless, and keep them warm over the winter, I thought it was a good idea." She has been knitting for over 60 years and couldn't even remember just how many hats she knit for the drive, "I lost count, I think 36, I'm not sure!"
All of the items were donated to the Mobile Loaves and Fishes Ministry who will bring the items to different homeless shelters across the state this weekend.
Ed Fitzgerald and his wife Mary deliver food and clothing weekly. They said, "Last night, I had four coats and three pairs of men's boots, with a hundred guys, it was gone in minutes." And even with the hundreds of items donated, Mary said, "This will all go in the course of the weekend."
With all the success from this Mitten Project, the facility plans to hold the drive annually.