Paris resident knits 100 items for charity

BIG RAPIDS — When Paris resident Jean Avey began knitting again after she retired, she didn’t realize that hobby would later lead to 750 set of hats and mittens over eight years.

HANDMADE: Big Rapids Jaycee members and Rivertown Realty employees display 100 sets of knitted hats and mittens made by Jean Avey for the Jaycees Warm Clothes, Warm Kids campaign. This is the eighth year she has knitted items for the drive. (From left to right) Tricia Wirth, Jean Avey, Erin Diehm, Alli Witucki, Lori Brock and Krista Martelli. (Pioneer photo/Kyle Leppek)

For the seventh year in a row, Avey hand knit 100 sets of hats and mittens and donated them to the Big Rapids Jaycees Warm Clothes, Warm Kids campaign.

Avey knitted 50 sets her first year donating to the campaign. She set a goal of 100 sets for the following year and has maintained that pace since 2005. Although she started knitting in 1961, she quit the hobby for several years.

The Warm Clothes, Warm Kids campaign is collecting any sort of new and used warm clothing to donate to Project Starburst, The Salvation Army and WISE until Friday. Donation locations include Applebee’s, Chemical Bank, Rivertown Realty, Ferris State University’s Timme Center, J.C. Penny, Kmart, Lake-Osceola State Bank, The Sole, Hansen Collision, Buffalo Wild Wings and Pete’s Cleaners, who also cleans all the items.

Anyone wishing to make a donation also can contact Jaycees member Alli Witucki by calling (231) 591-2674.

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