Cornerstone Knitters Helping Children at St. Jude

Nov 08, 2017

Since moving to the Cornerstone development in Barnegat Township earlier this year, Helen Ollo started up a knitting group whose participants use their stitching skills for charitable causes. Recently, the “Creative Stitchers Group” knitted 57 hats, and all were sent to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., for childhood cancer patients.

“My son has cancer, so I want to do what I can to help other people who suffer from the disease,” said Ollo, who formerly lived in Glen Gardner in Hunterdon County.

Before moving to Barnegat, she had knitted items and donated them to Hunterdon Medical Center.

“We have seven or eight people who stop by to knit,” said Ollo. “I’ve been knitting for a long time, and I enjoy helping others learn how to knit. Like a lot of things, it gets easier the more you do it. But most important, we have fun knowing we’re doing it for a good cause.”

Opened last December, Cornerstone is an age- and income-restricted development located on Route 9. Built by the Walters Group, it consists of 70 one- and two-bedroom apartments. Jennifer Pampalone, social service coordinator for the Walters Group affordable living communities, said the knitting group is consistent with Cornerstone’s commitment “to give back in the community.”

“It can be done by helping others, whether it be by volunteering our time or doing small gestures to help others,” said Pampalone. “At our Cornerstone at Barnegat and Cornerstone at Toms River, we have a group called ‘Common Goals.’ This group explores ways we can give back. Last month in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, we held a drive for the families at Providence House,” a  facility that provides services for victims of domestic abuse and their children. 

She said in honor of Veterans Day, the group is hosting a drive for Care Packages to be sent to troops overseas. “Residents are being asked to donate items for the troops, and we will be having ‘Care Package Assembly Parties’ at the communities. The packages will be dropped off to our local ARMS (American Recreational Military Services) in Toms River.”

For more information, call Pampalone at 609-607-9500, extension 1128.

— Eric Englund

ericenglund@thesandpaper.net

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