EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - For over 25 years, a small and dedicated group of community volunteers, known as the Lap Tapestry Project Plus, has used their knitting and crocheting skills to brighten the day of those who can use a warm touch.

In honor of National Make A Difference Day in October, this group, led by East Brunswick Arts Commission member, Elayne Risley, work throughout the year creating hand knitted blankets, lap robes, scarves, hats, and more to distribute to those in need. Many times, this consists of distributing items to cancer and dialysis patients going through treatment, premature babies at hospitals, seniors in assisted living or nursing homes, Veterans Homes, and disabled and senior community members.

In light of the pandemic, this December the group partnered to help those in East Brunswick and Middlesex County by donating 66 handcrafted items to the Aldersgate Outreach Community Center, where they could be distributed to families preparing for the holidays. While finding assistance with groceries, families were welcome to gifts of hats, scarves, blankets and other tangible items. This year, the East Brunswick Arts Commission and the Department of Recreation included craft kits in many of the gift bags prepared for children.

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“The independent joy of creating is magnified by the delight it brings to the recipients of our craft. Hands-on giving allows us to participate in that joy”, Elayne Risley, Lap Tapestry Project Plus leader.

To learn more or are already passionate about knitting and are interested in sharing your talents with the rest of this group, please reach out via email to arts@eastbrunswick.org. The Lap Tapestry Project is always looking for new members.