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Red Scarf Knitting Initiative

Story posted February 12, 2009

This Valentines Day, very special college-bound students all over the country will be receiving very special scarves not only to keep them warm on blustery days, but to remind them that their efforts to succeed don’t go unnoticed. Bowdoin staff members have been a part of this project on campus. The charitable knitting initiative run through the Orphan Foundation of America solicits knitters around the country to make scarves to share with foster youth.

Emily Levine from Annual Giving and Shawn Gerwig from the McKeen Center both share a love and talent for knitting, and decided to gather other Bowdoin knitters together with them to create for a cause.

Over the lunch hour every Wednesday during the fall semester, various members of Bowdoin’s staff would sit and knit in the Common Room of the McKeen Center, sometimes sharing stories, sometimes enjoying the quiet - but always consistent in their turning bundles of yarn into colorful creations of warmth. At the end of the semester they gathered to celebrate their work over cookies while wrapping and boxing up all the scarves to send to the Orphan Foundation. The colors of the scarves all together in the bright sunlight of the room combined to make a mosaique of warmth and caring.

In all they had made over 40 scarves. Two months later, each one was opened on Valentines Day by a young person sponsored through the Orphan Foundation of America.

“I had knit scarves for the project for the past two years, so that’s how I knew about it, and I just thought it would be fun to open it to a larger group,” noted Levine.

Those who made scarves for the project this year include Joanne Adams (Dining), Nancy Osher Blumberg (Treasurer’s Office), Roberta Davis (Events & Summer Programs), Kacy Hintze (Annual Giving), Shawn Gerwig (Mckeen Center for the Common Good), Kris Gould (Children’s Center), Judy Montgomery (Library), Teresa Lessard (Development), Emily Levine (Annual Giving), Rodie Lloyd (Alumni Relations), Rebecca Smith (Development), and Debbie Yates (Children’s Center).

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"I had knit scarves for the project for the past two years, so thats how I knew about it, and I just thought it would be fun to open it to a larger group."
— Emily Levine, Associate Director of Annual Giving