Date: 1/3/2008

Munster eighth grader donates items she knitted to the Cancer Resource Centre in Munster

Director of the Cancer Resource Centre Anthony Andello, Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana Director of Special Projects Jane Bomberger, and Renee Stahl, mother of Morgan Stahl, surround Morgan and the basket of items she knitted and donated to the Cancer Resource Centre in Munster.

MUNSTER — What Morgan Stahl merely calls a “fun” project is so much more. The eighth grader knitted numerous seven-inch squares to be stitched together to create afghans; as well as three shawls, a blanket and a purse, all of which she donated to the Cancer Resource Centre in Munster.

Morgan selected the knitting project as her community service activity for her Bat Mitzvah requirements. “You try to help out people, and I thought that this would be fun,” she said. “My mom has been knitting for quite a few years, and I thought that must be fun. My mom found out about the Cancer Resource Centre, so I knitted these squares.”

Morgan admitted she received some help from her mother in knitting the shawls and the purse. She said that she spent about a month and a half on the project and “definitely plans to do more.” Morgan said that she continues to knit squares and plans to knit a scarf which she also will donate.

According to Morgan’s mother, Renee Stahl, knitting squares is “a great project for new knitters.” The squares are easy enough to knit that they can be created almost anytime or anywhere.

“When we have an extra hour, we do a square here or there. Over winter break, they (students) can knit in front of the TV or listening to music, and a square is small enough that you can carry it in your purse.”

Morgan’s family resides in Munster and are members of B’nai Yehuda Beth Shalom in Homewood, Ill. Morgan’s Bat Mitzvah project also included baskets she filled with various items and donated to the Hospice of the Calumet Area, the Humane Society Calumet Area and Treasure Chest, an organization in Orland Park, Ill. for children who have cancer.

The Cancer Resource Centre, located at 900 Ridge Road, Suite J, in Munster, helps those affected by cancer obtain the support and resources they need to cope with the cancer diagnosis. All services, which include support groups, educational programs and networking groups, are offered to cancer patients and their families free of charge.

One of the Cancer Resource Centre’s networking groups is “Knit One…Nurture Too,” a group of cancer survivors, family and friends who come together to enjoy one another’s company and the relaxation of knitting. “Knit One…Nurture Too” meets from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Thursdays, Jan. 10 and 24 and Feb. 7 and 21. Yarn and needles are provided, or knitters may bring their own. To register for the free meetings of “Knit One…Nurture Too” or for additional information about the Cancer Resource Centre, phone 219-836-3349.