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‘Yarns of Love’ Help Knit Tight Community Connections

United Way of Genesee County photo

It can get mighty cold this time of year in Genesee County, Mich., and it can feel even colder if you’re a kid who doesn’t have warm clothing while waiting for an early morning school bus or building a snow fort.

Thousands of Flint-area youngsters have been able to ward off winter’s chill with hand-made hats, scarves and mittens, thanks to a unique “Yarns of Love” program, says Cindy Cromwell, the Greater Flint Labor Council’s Community Services liaison to Genesee County United Way.

Groups like the Burton Senior Center volunteers (pictured above), congregations and other groups donate their time and materials to knit the gear. Says Cromwell:

We have lost count of how many thousands of children and adults in need have been helped through this program.

Cromwell says that through her Community Services duties coupled with her work on various union initiatives, she has not only a good handle on what kind of assistance families are in need of, but the groups she comes in contact are more than eager to help. Along with pitching in for "Yarns of Love." community groups, unions, private citizens and businesses have collected and donated other items, ranging from food to personal hygiene products, books, toys and more.

It's mind-boggling that has bad as things are in this area, people are just so generous.

Last Christmas season, more than 60 families received a holiday helping hand that included food boxes, personal and household products, hats, scarves, mittens and glove sets and books and toys. Says Cromwell:

Impact is measured in many ways. Nothing can take the place of a mother crying in your arms because she is so overwhelmed by the generosity of people she nor her little son have ever meet.

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