Grandmother knits 1,000 toques in 12 months for Christmas campaign
Jane Van Zyll Langhout, an 85-year-old Edmonton grandmother, will donate 1,000 toques she knitted over the past year to the Share the Warmth campaign, an annual tradition of collecting warm clothing for those in need. This is the second year in a row she’s made such a sizable contribution.
Retired NAIT instructor Gordon Smith started ‘Sock It To Me Brother’ years ago, organizing a year-long collection of socks. Later, the NAIT Academic Staff Association (NASA) expanded the campaign to include gloves, toques and scarves, becoming Share the Warmth. More than 2,000 items are now collected annually, thanks to the support and generosity of NAIT staff, students and the community.
This year, the warm clothing items will be donated to the Boyle McCauley Health Centre, Hope Mission and the Elizabeth Fry Society of Edmonton, just in time for Christmas. Share the Warmth corporate sponsors include MBS Insurance Brokers Ltd., and imagewear – a division of Mark’s.
WHO: Gordon Smith, Share the Warmth spokesperson and retired NAIT instructor
Jane Van Zyll Langhout, knitted 1,000 toques
Dr. Glenn Feltham, NAIT president and CEO
Doug Short, NASA president
Anne-Marie Silvius, NASA vice-president communications
WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013
WHERE: NAIT Main Campus
Tower Building, Room T011 (Building T on campus map)
11762 106 St. NW
NAIT Media Relations
P 780.471.8450 C 780.916.8307 E firstname.lastname@example.org