Crafters give gift of warmth to LCI

Fabric store customers donate dozens of scarves to program
Dec. 10, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

Thanks to local knitters and weavers, a group of Lee County residents will be a little warmer this winter.

Customers of Find X Designs, a fabric store on Carthage Street, made dozens of scarves to donate to Lee County Industries for the group's annual holiday party. Lee County Industries, or LCI, provides technical education and training to locals who have some barrier to employment — primarily a mental or physical disability.

"It's awesome," LCI Executive Director Meg Moss said of the gift donation. "We're so excited."

Suzanne Christopher, who owns Find X Designs with her husband, Steve, said she's impressed with how many of her customers responded, exceeding the requested number of scarves.

"It was just a wonderful outpouring from our customers, especially in a time when everyone's got other things going on," she said.

Moss said the current LCI participants will receive the scarves during the upcoming party. She said the SanLee Gun Club will provide food and decorations for the gathering, but other groups are still welcome to donate gifts, just like Find X did. Moss said the party is one of the most fun times of the year for those in the program.

"On the day of the Christmas luncheon, Santa comes, and Santa's elves," she said. "We pass out gifts, and they just have a blast. We have a few participants who just love Santa, and it's just such a joy to see."

The group is comprised of 47 mostly middle-aged people from around Lee County, so Moss said that anyone who does want to help out with presents should donate at least 47 similar items. The scarves were wonderful, she said, but even less complicated gifts would be more than welcome.

"They appreciate everything from pens to hand lotion to body wash, socks, anything we can use to stuff stockings for them," she said.

Anyone who is interested in contributing should call LCI at (919) 775-3439 and ask for Moss or Audrey Poe, who is organizing the Christmas luncheon.