Knit Crochet with Love celebrates their volunteers with Bowl Party

BASKING RIDGE, NJ - On Sunday, Fellowship Village Senior Living hosted the first annual Bowl Party in the lobby of their newly renovated Cultural Arts Center for local knitting and crocheting non-profit, Knit Crochet with Love.

Knit Crochet with Love was formed November 2016 by founders Richa Gupta and Sudha Pai in Basking Ridge. The ladies were simply discussing their passion for knitting and crocheting and on a whim decided to start the group with the goal of creating caps for cancer patients.  Since its inception, this multigenerational volunteer based organization has gained over 150 members and has added chapters in Chatham, Princeton, at Rutgers Prep, and meetings will soon begin in South Brunswick.  The youngest member, Inica Kotasthane, a sophomore at Watchung Hills Regional High School said, “I found out about this organization in the paper and I have only been to a few meetings so far, but it is so great to be able to take what my grandmother has taught me and make a difference.”  

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At the beginning of the year, founder, Richa Gupta set out to inspire the volunteers. She told them she planned to make pottery bowls and give them out as rewards for every set of 25 caps that each member created. In the lobby on two long tables 200 beautiful bowls sat rich with color and created with love and gratitude. The first set of bowls was presented to Jo Morales, Fellowship Village resident and Knit Crochet with Love’s most productive member of 2019.  A very humble Morales made 196 caps, she explained, “I do it for comfort, I find it relaxing. As soon as I sit down, I pick it up.” She was awarded a single pasta bowl and four soup bowls for her work. “Now I will have to invite some of you over,” she joked.

The number of items donated by Knit Crochet with Love in 2019 is staggering. The members knitted or crocheted over 3,176 items; 2,674 were donated to chemo patients, 210 to the homeless, 55 scarves and 74 blankets were made for cancer patients, and 153 baby caps were created and distributed nationally.  “Richa has inspired us and brought life back into our hobby of knitting and crocheting. It’s good for our minds, good for our hands. Sometimes we talk more than we knit and crochet,” said Fellowship Village resident, Jean Vasquez. Since November of 2016,  the ladies have created 7,225 caps. ‘’Next year, I want to reach 10,000,’’ Gupta said.

“I reached out to Richa and Sudha because this group means a lot to our residents and we try to be active and give back as much as we can to our community," said Lisa Fielding, Director of Public Relations at Fellowship Village. "We wanted to host the Bowl Party for them because it is such a special event. They are a non-profit organization doing a great thing.”

Knit Crochet with Love meets at Fellowship Village every Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and every other Sunday 3:30 to 5 p.m. 

For more information about Knit Crochet With Love visit, www.knitcrochetwithlove.org