Most Godwin students spend their Friday nights hanging out with friends and watching Netflix. Godwin seniors Emily Miller, Jessica Besnier, Sahana Tharakan, Arisa Kano, Samantha Cohodas and Julianne Carrol spend it giving back by knitting for the charity, Miles of Scarves.
Miles of Scarves is a local charity where students from elementary school to college get together and knit for the chronic disease, multiple Sclerosis.
Multiple Sclerosis(MS) is a disease that affects the central nervous system. It breaks down the myelin sheaths that protect nerves in the brain and spinal cord and disrupt communication signals. Symptoms include vision problems, cognitive problems, and balance problems.
The group meets on Fridays for an hour and a half and also takes home their knitting. They knit everything from scarves to boot cuffs.
Carrol said, “I joined to spend time with friends and because I like the idea of turning knitting into a way to raise money for a charity.”
Carrol joined the club in eighth grade.
They then sell their products at multiple events and craft fairs throughout the year and have a new online store.
All money raised is donated to the National MS Society.
The group sponsors a rest stop at BikeMS at Colonial Crossroads.
BikeMS is fundraising cycling series that the National MS society hosts. Rides are hosted throughout the nation and range from 15 to 150 miles. Teams sign up and raise money for MS.
Miles of Scarves hosts a silent auction and cocktail party annually called the Yarn Ball, where they raise money for research.
Carroll said “It is a fun way to volunteer in my community and keep up with old friends.”