Knit-a-Thon benefits Belfast Soup Kitchen

BELFAST, Maine (WABI) - Combining the love of knitting and the love of raising money for a community cause. That's what a group of women in Belfast did Saturday.

Inside the St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Belfast, a great effort is underway.

"I'm knitting a red hooded chevron dress," said Co-organizer, Jillian Liversidge.

Stitch after stitch these volunteers are generously giving their time to knit for a local soup kitchen.

For the fourth year, this group has participated in a Knit-a-Thon. The inspiration comes from co-organizer Jillian Liversidge.

"It really is a good way to bring people together. It's pretty amazing between the fashion show and the Knit-a-Thons, any out reach support that we do with giving knitted items to people, it has a huge impact on the community," said Liversidge.

"There's a huge need in this area and, in some cases, I would suggest there's probably a hidden need that people aren't even aware of."

Mary Brand is the President of the Belfast Soup Kitchen Board of Directors. All the proceeds from the event will head to the non-profit.

"We need the backing of the community continue what we're doing because we are a nonprofit and we exist because of our community and individuals and businesses that keep us going and our local grants keep us going. so, we are so appreciative with this kind of event," said Brand.

Last year alone, the soup kitchen served more than 20,000 meals.

She says events like this help them do what they do best.

"We serve all these people. There is no questions asked," said Brand. "They come in. They are hungry and that is our role, to feed the hungry."

They may be serving a twelve hour day to help those in need, but they say they wouldn't have it any other way.

After all, this is more than just a hobby for these ladies.

"We are all hooked on knitting. It's relaxing. It's really fun to play with color and we have a great group," said Liversidge.

To learn more about the Belfast Soup Kitchen visit: https://belfastsoupkitchen.com/.

To join the knitting circle visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/st.margarets.belfast/.