Bikers deliver knitted items to hospitals, nursing homes
From staff reports
MILL HALL — For the sixth straight year, local knitters and bikers have joined forces to make a difference in the lives of those in area hospitals, nursing and personal care homes.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry at Bald Eagle Presbyterian Church in Mill Hall and the Susquehanna Valley Big Twins Motorcycle Club based in Woolrich held their annual Knit-n-Run this past Saturday.
The motorcycle club delivered more than 1,200 knitted and crocheted items to people in facilities such as UPMC Susquehanna Lock Haven Hospital’s Haven Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Susque-View Home Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, The Gatehouse, and personal care homes including Eagle Ridge, Heartland, Fulmer’s and Nightengales. Comfort dolls and infant pieces go to the neo-natal unit at Geisinger Medical Center.
The Prayer Shawl items — blankets and afghans, lap robes, hats, scarves and mittens, infant sweaters, and comfort dolls–that have been knitted or crocheted throughout the year by about 30 needle workers who meet the first Wednesday of the month at the church (although some work from their homes) were displayed at the church for the public to see.
The SVBT Motorcycle Club arrived and the two groups enjoyed some fellowship and a light lunch, then, the club bagged up the items and got on the road to make their deliveries. The bikers take time to talk with many of the people receiving the items, and the various facilities often set out snacks for everyone to enjoy.
The project is definitely a labor of love by all parties, and the fruits of their labor end up providing comfort to many.
“Our Prayer Shawl Ministry is thriving because we got the bikers involved,” said Pastor Susan Champion, noting that while the Prayer Shawl members craft the items, it’s the motorcycle club that does the heavy lifting, spending the day making the deliveries.