Knitting for Kids

Last year Ellie Veverka had an idea. Looking to take part in Walla Walla University’s small group program, the administrative assistant for campus ministries wanted a group whose members could do something productive while also interact socially and spiritually. So she began a group of knitters.

Every Sunday night at 6 p.m., from two to eight people gathered to knit sweaters, caps, socks, scarves, blankets and mittens. Ranging in age from 10 to over 60, some members even knitted at home.

With all of the knitted items, the group decided that someone should benefit from their creativity. They chose the Mount of Olives Children’s Village, an orphanage in Uruapan, Baja, Mexico. A group of WWU students going to the orphanage happily agreed to take the knitting group’s completed items to give to the children at the orphanage.

The university has sponsored mission trips to Mount of Olives for three years now, and Jeanne Vories, director of student missions, estimates that up to 300 knitted items have been taken to Mexico over the past two years alone.


This year, more knitted items are planned for Mexico, and the knitters are adopting a new project—making blue and white for the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games. Anyone interested in joining the group may contact Veverka at Campus Ministries, (509) 527-2102.

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Last update on September 23, 2008