BASKING RIDGE, NJ - "The great Bernards town has come together as one community during this COVID -19 crisis to combat this disease in any way or form to help our dedicated doctors, nurses and other health care professionals," said Richa Gupta and Sudha Pai, founders of Knit Crochet with Love.
When a couple of doctor friends contacted the group about the shortage of N95 masks, the group quickly jumped into action and traded in their crochet hooks for sewing needles to make fabric masks. These special masks have pockets to put wax paper inside. After use, the paper can be disposed of and masks can be laundered and reused. These masks are not designed to protect from the virus, but can be used with approved masks or with a filter/wax paper. Click here for the pattern used to make these masks.
Within 24 hours, the whole community from different backgrounds came together and donated money towards buying the fabrics, elastic, and dropped off sewing machines at volunteers' doorstep.
"We now have a production line of over 40 dedicated ladies working along with their full time jobs - cutting, sewing, picking up materials from door fronts, washing, packing and other activities in making these masks," said Gupta and Pai. "We have different jobs assigned to different ladies, namely: cutters, stitchers, washers and dispatchers." These masks are being donated to organizations that need them the most.
"The ladies are taking utmost precaution to keep our distances with front door pick up and drop off only," they said. In addition, they are teaching each other through videos and FaceTime.
"It is good to see school and college kids being involved," they said. "Thus far, we have more than 100 masks made and more in the pipeline."
About Knit Crochet with Love:
Knit Crochet with Love (KCWL) was formed in November 2016 one cold winter afternoon when Richa Gupta and Sudha Pai started talking about their passion for knitting and on a whim decided to form a group to make caps for the cancer society. Never in their wildest dreams, did they realize that their decision to revive a childhood hobby would have such a meaningful impact on the community.
They started with a team of five that grew steadily and today it stands at 100 + members with diverse backgrounds and varied levels of skills ranging in age from 14 to 94.
Our members are very dedicated . Some of the members who go on business trips are knitting caps on the flights to and back home. There is a general sense of pride and joy among the members who constantly inspire each other in making beautiful unique new patterns, which speaks volumes about their passion to this mission.
In a short span of two years they have donated 7000 caps and 50 blankets to various local cancer centers like Memorial Sloan Kettering, Trinitas, RWJ, Morristown Memorial, Procure Center , Swedish Cancer Institute in Seattle, Dana Faber in Boston to name a few.
By making the hand-knit caps and blankets, the members have an opportunity to fulfill thier desire to serve the community.