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Martinsville Resident Starts Group to Knit Shrugs for Ronald McDonald House


MARTINSVILLE, NJ - Martinsville resident Mary Langdon has made a business creating shrugs and shawls for moms entering Ronald McDonald houses – and now she is starting a group at the Martinsville Community Center to continue the work.

Langdon has been looking for volunteers to help knit and crochet the pieces, and they are then delivered to the houses in tote bags that also contain basic care items donated through a wishlist on Amazon.

The project, Langdon said, has grown, and is now a registered 501c3 called the Stay Strong Tote Foundation.

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The knit/crochet group is beginning Oct. 4, and will meet on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

“The purpose of the gathering will be to make shrugs and shawls for the foundation,” Langdon said.

Currently, Langdon said, she donates to the New Brunswick and Long Branch Ronald McDonald houses, and they are hoping to add the South Jersey house which takes care of families with children being treated at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“I’ve been working hard to promote this project and have gotten volunteers helping to coordinate shrugs and shawls for us with their local RMD House in Providence, Rhode Island, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Syracuse, New York, Seattle, Washington, and Denver, Colorado,” she said. “Together we have donated over 200 Stay Strong Totes.”

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