Johnson donates to Knit for Hope

Bret Bevens, PDT Sports Writer

November 23, 2012

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

For more than 25 years, Beatrice Johnson and her husband Joe were heavily involved in arts and crafts. They were accomplished in making and selling crafts, and their creations could be found anywhere from southern Ohio to northern California.

When Joe passed away, Beatrice largely stopped crafting, but she continued to collect yarn. Today, she is a resident at Hempstead Manor and no longer crafts. Still, her son, First Ward City Councilman Kevin Johnson, has made sure her collection will go to good use. Johnson has donated 489 skeins of yarn to Southern Ohio Medical Center to support the “Knit For Hope” program, which provides patients with handmade hats, scarves, blankets and more.

“We looked around to see who could use the materials, and we decided to give it to SOMC,” Johnson said.

SOMC Volunteer Services manager Jenny Lavender said the yarn is going to be made into hats, scarves and blankets for cancer and hospice patients.

“I’m thrilled to receive such a generous donation,” Lavender said. “It will be put to good use. Through the ‘Knit for Hope’ program, we can show our compassion for our patients while also helping Beatrice continue to make a difference through her passion for arts and crafts.”

Johnson said his mother is glad to see her yarn support a cause like ‘Knit for Hope.’

“I know my mom is very, very pleased,” Kevin said.

Lavender said anyone wishing to get more information on how to support the “Knit For Hope” program, may contact the SOMC Volunteer Office at 740-356-8236. You can also “like” SOMC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernOhioMedicalCenter.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@heartlandpublications.com