Residents of Cedar Crest, a retirement community in Pompton Plains, created over 220 Angels and Snowmen to give as holiday gifts to residents in Mountainview Gardens, the continuing care community on campus. The crafters are members of Cedar Crest's "Compassion and Caring Angels" group.
"We wanted to put a smile on the faces of residents and let them know that they are not alone," said Barbara Schmitt, founder of the campus group.
"Everyone has an opportunity for a gift," said Alan Bowen, Chaplain at Mountainview Gardens. On December 7, Bowen will dress as St. Nick and distribute the gifts to residents with members of the Compassion and Caring Angels group.
The cone-shaped angels, made out of yarn and lace, come in a variety of colorful dresses decorated with sparkling buttons, ribbons or tinsel. The snowmen, created from rice-filled tube-socks, have mini-crocheted scarfs and festive winter hats.
Cedar Crest's Interfaith Council and Knitting and Crochet Club supported the project with donations and supplies. In addition, Englewood Hospital's volunteer department donated a container of buttons and St. Mary's in Pompton Lakes donated a bucket of yarn.
The group also crafted over 50 boxes of camouflage pocket crosses for distribution to Christian service members on Christmas Day.