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Common Threads aims to learn, help others
knitted hats
Items donated often include knitted hats to help cancer patients, who've lost their hair, stay warm. - photo by Stock photo

Besides individuals Common Threads helps:
• Lewis Cancer Center
• Anderson Cancer Center
• American Cancer Society
• Memorial Hospital
• Memorial Children’s Hospital
• Winn Army Hospital
• Joann Fabrics’ World Vision Program
• RH Pregnancy Care Center
• Project Linus
• Tri-County Protective Services
• Gabriel’s House
• Reed House
• Bryan County Rehab
• Woodland Healthcare
• Family Promise of RH
• Valdosta Homeless Shelter
• Coastal Pet Rescue
• Chatham Humane Society
• Chatham County Animal Shelter
• Local animal hospitals
• Trenton NJ Children’s Center
• Toys for Kids RH
• 98.7 Christmas Wish

Common Threads — a group of knitting, crocheting and quilting enthusiasts who meet regularly at the Richmond Hill Public Library — donated over 2,000 items in the past year to help support local causes, charities and endeavors.
The group, which is not funded by any other entity or parent organization, relies solely on donated supplies.
Common Threads gives to about 30 organizations in the greater Savannah area. In an effort to customize creations to meet recipients’ needs, the group has established partnerships with many of them.
A while back, the group received some knitting machines, which, when operational, will help the group increase its output, according to Common Threads members.
However, they seek someone who can teach them how to operate the machines. Anyone with knitting-machine knowledge who is willing to share can email to offer help.
Since the group formed, word has spread across the county, which has allowed the group to accumulate large amounts of fabric and other materials.
Because it’s a public library-sponsored program, the Richmond Hill library has supported the group by providing members with meeting space. But due to the library’s already-limited facility size, Common Threads is lacking storage space until a larger library is built, which can take several years.  
A local church provided the group with a temporary storage solution, but a long-term solution still will be necessary.
Even though the group encounters minor obstacles and sometimes struggles with the seriousness of the issues and causes it supports, member say they love what they do and have a lot of fun doing it.
To show their fun side to the Richmond Hill community, Common Threads member will stage a yarn bombing at the library, where they will wrap the large pine tree out front in a colorful knitted and crocheted wrap.
Yarn bombing has become increasingly popular as a way to raise awareness and brighten surroundings. They have been carried out on airplanes, tanks, parks, bridges and other large structures.
Common Threads will initiate its yarn bombing at 10 a.m. Feb. 11, and the community is invited to join in the fun.
To join Common Threads, teach members about knitting machines or provide storage space, email or find Common Threads of Richmond Hill on Facebook.

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