Chase the Chill is an organization of volunteer makers that gather, knit, and sew hats, mittens, blankets, and scarves to give to families and individuals in need, many of whom are homeless. In other years, volunteers have organized “scarf bombing” events in Salem or Lynn with centrally located outdoor displays of donated items welcoming everyone to take what they need to help them stay warm. COVID 19 has made the “scarf bombing” undoable, but there are still families in need and the winter months are not going to be any less harsh to families who are struggling to stay housed and fed. Chase the Chill is committed to continuing its mission this year and is working with local service organizations to get warm items to those who need them.
Heather Collis Puro, the grade school handwork teacher, is collecting items to pass on to Chase the Chill. Please reach out to her if you are interested in donating items. Requested items are hats and gloves suitable for men, blankets in all sizes, and children’s mittens. Sewing patterns and lists of items needed can be found on the website ChasetheChillLynnMA.com. Look for upcoming WSMF crafting events coming soon! If you need more information or have ideas, please feel free to contact Heather Collis Puro at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 781-775-3942.