Handmade for the Homeless

The Flying Needles Yarn Shop hosted their second annual Handmade for the Homeless Project. Thanks to the generosity of local knitters, the Williamsburg House of Mercy will be able to distribute more than 330 handmade hats, scarves, gloves, and blankets for homeless men, women and children. In addition to organizing the community's creative efforts, The Flying Needles also collected packaged items like razors, toilet paper, undergarments and packaged socks.

Williamsburg House of Mercy Executive Director, Shannon Woloszynowski says, "We are so thankful for the time and care put into these Handmade for the Homeless items because they truly personalize our homeless neighbors. It is incredibly touching to see the appreciation and emotion as people realize that these gifts are crafted and given to them as if they were family members of the knitters. This event truly captures the Williamsburg House of Mercy emphasis on dignity and irreplaceability of each person we serve."

Williamsburg House of Mercy provides compassionate human services to all people, regardless of faith, putting a special emphasis on the most vulnerable. House of Mercy provides a safe and welcoming environment for area homeless to find respite, receive services, and work toward ending their homelessness. We also offer emergency assistance to help those struggling to maintain housing and regain stability.

In 2017, Williamsburg House of Mercy housed 41 children in 54 households and provided food, medical assistance, clothing, diapers, emergency utility assistance, and homeless prevention support to over 2,313 total people. They receive no state or federal dollars, and operate solely on the generosity of the community.

For more information on our organization, please visit www.williamsburghouseofmercy.org.

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