BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Valairco Heating and Cooling established their ValaircoCares program as part of their 50th anniversary celebration.  Each quarter a charity or nonprofit organization is nominated to receive the $500 donation on Valairco’s website. This quarter, Knit Crochet With Love, a non profit knitting and crocheting group started in Basking Ridge were the lucky recipients of the eighth ValaircoCares donation. 

Valairco’s founder Richard Valenti, arrived at the Fellowship Village Cultural Arts Center for the charity’s biweekly meeting on Wednesday and was surprised to see a familiar face, his cousin Lea Schmall.  Schmall, coincidentally is a member of the organization, she was delighted when she heard of Valairco’s generous donation.  

Valenti went on to present the check to the charity’s co-creators Richa Gupta and Sudha Pai and the members of the Basking Ridge Chapter as the ladies continued to knit and crochet caps for those in need.  Gupta and Pai thanked Valenti for the generous donation, “this helps us buy more yarn to make more hats. Every dollar gives us one cap and a smile to one patient. I should also mention that it brings great pleasure to the people who are making them.  It is phenomenal.” To which Valenti humbly replied, “it is our pleasure to be able to do something like this, but we are not the important ones. You are the important ones. You are the ones donating your time to the charity - it is fantastic.” 

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Knit Crochet with Love was formed in November 2016.  Since its inception this multigenerational volunteer based organization has gained over 150 members whose ages range from 17 to 94, the group has also gained chapters in Chatham, Princeton, Rutgers Prep and South Brunswick.  In 2019 alone, 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.  

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To learn more about Valairco Heating and Cooling and the ValaircoCares Program, visit their website,  ‘Click here’ to cast your vote for your favorite charity to be the recipient of the ninth ValaircoCares donation.