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Beech Mountain Club Loving Blankets members Ellen Higgins and Terry Carasick visit Grandfather Home for Children’s Banner Elk campus to present Grandfather Home’s Director of Development Abigail Lord with handcrafted blankets for children served by the ministry.

Originally published: 2012-10-10 12:58:18
Last modified: 2012-10-10 12:58:18

Knitters and crocheters create blankets for children

For a child who has been the victim of neglect and abuse, safety and security are never taken for granted. Sometimes, a blanket can give that child a sense of security necessary in the healing process. A group of volunteer knitters and crocheters from Beech Mountain decided it would use its creative abilities to be a blessing to these healing children.
A newly created organization called Beech Mountain Club Loving Blankets donated a dozen handcrafted blankets to children served by Grandfather Home for Children.
“We formed this group specifically for this project,” said organization founder Terry Carasick. “We wanted the children to have something of their own. We just wanted to help the kids.”
Several women living in the Beech Mountain community have volunteered their time, as well as knitting and crocheting skills, to fashion the blankets. Beech Mountain Club has also supported the effort by donating much of the yarn needed for the project.
Many of these volunteers are part-time residents of the High Country, but plan to continue creating blankets for Grandfather Home’s children. Carasick said the knitters and crocheters will mail swatches to one another when meeting isn’t a possibility.
The volunteers have found this project to be especially rewarding.
“We all have skills and talents that should be used to help people,” said knitter Ellen Higgins. “We need this. We need to do something for others.”
Beech Mountain Club Loving Blankets is welcoming volunteers. To volunteer, contact Carasick at (