By Donice Wooster

The Warm Welcome: Knitting for Refugees group celebrated its one year anniversary in February. In our first year the group has produced more than 250 knitted hats, scarves and mittens. Each knitted item includes a card with our church logo and web address, saying “Prayers of welcome and care were knitted into this for you by the knitters of First Community Church, Columbus.”

Our group formed as an antidote to rhetoric disparaging immigrants and is an active force of concrete care for refugees in our community. Our knitted items have been distributed through the Refugee Task Force, Heart to Heart’s Christmas Presence, Community Refugee and Immigration Services and a refugee initiative at Upper Arlington Lutheran Church. We continue our efforts, fine-tuning as we learn more about what is needed.

We continue to meet from 1-3 pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, in the South Campus Wicker Room. Some of us chat and some knit quietly but we share a common purpose.

New knitters are always welcome.

There is a range of knitting ability in our group and help is always available. Or, if you would like to contribute knitted items but cannot attend the group, our only requirement is that the yarn have at least some wool content, or is all wool. Washable wool is preferred but any wool is acceptable.

Contact Donice Wooster,, to arrange a donation or with questions about the group