Guardian Pharmacy is calling on Lake Macquarie knitters to join its project that helps vulnerable members of the community stay warm.
The pharmacy, which has stores in Rathmines and Warners Bay, has launched the 22nd annual Guardian Angel Knitting For Good program, run in partnership with St Vincent de Paul Society, and is now seeking new and experienced knitters to create garments for the homeless and other vulnerable members of the community.
"We know from our work with Vinnies that homelessness doesn't discriminate and can affect anyone and what's heartwarming to see at times like these, is just how the Australian community bands together to support one another," Kurt O'Brien, the head of Guardian, said.
"During these unprecedented times, it's imperative we adapt our corporate social responsibilities initiative to today's current climate, while ensuring we are still finding ways to connect and bring together Australians - this year's Knitting For Good program does just that.
"It's why we're proud to be continuing our long-standing relationship with Vinnies for another year - whether you are a returning Guardian Angel or are looking to start a new hobby to help occupy your time at home, our Knitting For Good program is a great way to get behind and connect with your local community during isolation while bringing warmth and comfort to others."
Knitting For Good sees thousands of volunteers nationwide, affectionately referred to as guardian angels, knit items such as beanies, scarves, jumpers and gloves for those less fortunate.
The knitted garments are inspired by the Guardian Knitting Pattern book, with new pattern designs released each year.
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, there will be not donation drop off points for completed garments this year. Instead, knitters are being asked to hold onto their completed items and drop them off when donations are being accepted again in 2021.
Mr O'Brien said the program is another way Lake Macquarie residents can come together to support those most in need, and is also a great option for those looking for a new hobby to keep busy.
"This year, we ask locals no matter their level of experience to get involved - knitters can now download the free Guardian Angel Knitting Book from our website, which provides a selection of patterns with easy-to-follow instructions. Knitters are also encouraged to share their crafty creations on the Guardian Pharmacy Facebook page with the hashtag #knittingforgood2020," he said.
Mr O'Brien added that while pharmacists are currently working tirelessly to support their communities with trusted advice and care in these unprecedented times, it's as important as ever for the community pharmacy brand to remain committed to those most at need.
For more information on the Guardian Angel knitting program and how you can get involved go to guardianpharmacies.com.au/guardian-angel.