GRADS stands for Gifted Retired Active Dedicated Seniors.
They meet Monday mornings at the Center and knit over 250 newborn hats every month. They knit and crochet other homemade pieces to donate, too.
They ensure that every baby born at the hospital receives a handmade hat. Usually the babies receive a pink or blue hat, according to their gender, but during the holidays the ladies create red and white hats as well as large Christmas stockings for the babies.
The ladies also make and donate chemo hats and scarves to cancer patients, baby clothes for the Salvation Army to distribute, blankets and bags for the Bags of Love program, afghans for nursing home patients, pillows for the Pink Ribbon Program, and more.
Their meetings are not a place for beginners to learn to knit. Rather, it is a gathering of those who are skilled in knitting or crocheting and want to give back to the community using their talents.
Most of the needles and yarn is donated by the members, but they can’t cover all of the necessary costs. Each year they put together a Craft Fair to raise funds for supplies.
To learn more, please call 910-798-6406.