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The organizer of the group, Joleen Richwine was honored in December, 2006 by the Omaha World Herald.  She was nominated and named as one of the "25 Angels You Should Know" in the Heartland during the Christmas season.  Below is the website address. http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_pg=57&u_sid=2087124

Published Sunday
December 25, 2005

25 Angels You Should Know: Crocheter's group creates warm fuzzies for needy

BY ANGIE BRUNKOW
 

 

 
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
 

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Meet 25 angels you should know

Joleen Richwine knows what hard times are like.

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Joleen Richwine

One year, she made 100 hats and scarves herself.

She works at Creighton University as the senior administrative assistant for the political science and international relations department.

A co-worker taught her how to crochet 25 years ago.

When she was growing up, her parents divorced and her mother struggled to provide for Richwine and her sisters.

"It's very important to give back," she said. "I know what it's like to have to go and use food stamps and the embarrassment associated with that. If I can help somebody else . . . "

So when work friends at Creighton University asked Richwine to teach them how to knit and crochet, she opened the group up to everybody and turned it into a charity organization.

25 angels you should know
Each day through Christmas, we'll feature a Midlander who does good deeds during the holidays.

To suggest an "angel" for us to write about, contact Melissa Matczak at melissa.matczak@owh.com or (402) 444-1342.

 

The group donates everything it creates to local charities and organizations, including homeless shelters, schools, hospices, nursing homes and domestic abuse shelters. The group has donated nearly 1,500 hats, gloves, scarves, lap blankets and other items.

The group meets monthly over the lunch hour at work, but members plug away at their projects at home.

"This was an outlet we all needed," she said. "It's a really easy charity to be involved in. You don't have to get in the cold car, scoop snow. You can do as much or as little as you want."

Richwine serves as cheerleader. She asks club members: "Don't you feel the chill in the air? Wouldn't it be a great weekend with the rain coming to sit and crochet?"

Other Creighton staff members help by donating yarn and knitting needles.

"We give it away to people we never meet, but it makes us so happy," Richwine said. "It's almost like giving someone a hug. You're giving them a gift of warmth. It's showing them that somebody loves them."
 

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