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Seniors donate hand-knit blankets to Hospice Simcoe, RVH cancer unit (3 photos)

'The satisfaction of doing this is the best part of the process. We all enjoy knitting for a good cause,' says Waterford resident

Today is National Seniors Day and we’re highlighting a remarkable group of seniors who have turned a hobby into a purpose.

An inspiring group of women who live at Waterford Barrie Retirement Residence have been knitting for a great cause. Recently, four members of the residence knitting group hopped on the Waterford Barrie bus to deliver a donation of afghan blankets to Hospice Simcoe, which was grateful to accept the donation.

About a year ago, Pat MacDonald started a project, where she and six fellow residents at Waterford Barrie knit afghans and donate them to the local community.

“I had some extra time on my hands and I wanted to do something beneficial for someone,” Pat said.

In what is a community project from start to finish – the group receives donations of yarn from the local community – the women craft the afghans and then donate the final products to local organizations.

Over the last year, they’ve created over 30 blankets, which have been primarily donated to the cancer unit at Royal Victoria hospital. Each blanket takes about 10 days to make, so a lot of time and effort have gone into the project.

“The satisfaction of doing this is the best part of the process,” Pat said. “We all enjoy knitting for a good cause.”

Waterford Barrie commends these women for their kindness and wishes all seniors well on National Seniors Day.