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Staff, Residents and Faculty Donate Hand-Knit Scarves to St. Anthony Foundation for Families in Need

Volunteers display their hand-knit scarves. Thirty one scarves were donated to families in need.

December  22, 2011

Dugoni School staff, faculty and residents brushed up on their knitting skills to craft scarves for clients of the St. Anthony Foundation, a San Francisco charity providing food and services to people in need. In total, 31 hand-made scarves were donated to the cause, adding to the approximately 5,000 scarves the organization received from 20 different states.

Each year, during St. Anthony's Curbside Holiday Donation, volunteers accept drop-offs of food, clothing and monetary donations. Donated items are distributed free of charge to needy residents in San Francisco. Among the most cherished items collected are hand-knit scarves, which are a source of warmth and comfort to those in the community who need it most.

Orthodontic Clinic manager Deborah Marini learned about St. Anthony's scarf drive while searching for a way to give back to the community. Eager to participate, she asked everyone in the orthodontic program to help make the scarves. She also took the time to tutor those who didn't know how to knit.

St. Anthony Knitting Drive Donation

Orthodontic Clinic staff member Nadia Palafox (right) particpates in the scarf donation at St. Anthony's.

Other staff, faculty and residents from throughout the school joined in the effort, including individuals from the International Dental Studies program, Main Clinic and other departments.

"We never expected so many people from the school to pitch in and learn, or teach others how to knit," said Deborah. "There were a few people who were turning in a scarf every week!"

This year's successful knitting drive has only encouraged the volunteers to start crafting more scarves for next year. The organizers hope to teach more people how to knit and get others at the school involved next year.

To learn more about St. Anthony's and ways to give, please visit http://www.stanthonysf.org.

Category Type: Community Outreach, General

Contact:  Office of Public Relations, 415.929.6434, pr@pacific.edu