SHORT HILLS, NJ - Earlier this year, Katherine Grove, a wife and mother of four, decided that the knitting group she enjoys needed more of a purpose, and as she struck upon the idea of knitting scarves for the homeless, the Needalove project was born.

Grove not only had her own local group begin knitting scarves, but put the word out to knitters all over the world via social media, and has been receiving scarves from generous knitters everywhere.

“It has been amazing,” Grove said. “We have been getting scarves from all over, some with notes already included.  People have so willing to help.”

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This month, she and her daughters, along with other “Needalovers,” have been gift-wrapping the scarves and adding personal notes, poems and pictures.  On Thanksgiving, they will accompany the Coalition For the Homeless on their meal and supply truck in New York City to distribute their gifts of warmth and kindness.

“I used to work in a homeless shelter,” Grove said.  “So many people want to help, but don’t know what they can do.  The Needalove project offers a way to connect and express love toward people in need.”

Grove said the idea of gift-wrapping the scarves with personal notes transforms the scarves from a utilitarian item to keep people warm into a special gift to be opened by people who are used to getting nothing at the holidays.

Grove hosted a gift-wrapping party at her home and was assisted by a group of fourth-graders from the Glenwood School, who added their own special touches to the gifts while learning a lesson about generosity and thankfulness for the things they have.

Next March they plan to the project all over again for 2014.  Learn more at