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Co-op managers, Paul King, Tignish, (left) and Darren MacKinnon, O’Leary, (right) display some of the 60 handmade dolls the Co-op Atlantic Travelling Knitters group made for sick children. Bertha Campbell, (second left) president of the Co-op Atlantic board of directors, presented the dolls to Roslyn Majcan, LPN at Prince County Hospital.
SUMMERSIDE – Co-op Atlantic’s Travelling Knitters presented 60 homemade dolls to Prince County Hospital to be given out to children.
“This project is a little outside of our daily business but it really speaks to co-operative values and principles,” said Bertha Campbell, president of the board of directors of Co-op Atlantic. “Our knitters work on these dolls together to put a smile on the children’s faces. It’s a way to show that people are thinking of them while they are having a hard time.”
Campbell said the Travelling Knitters group was launched when Co-op Atlantic’s board of directors set out for its annual regional tour of co-ops in 2009. Several participants decided to make the best of their time between meetings, started knitting and a tradition was born. Since then, hundreds of dolls have been stitched up, stuffed, and donated to children in hospitals.
Campbell said this year the Co-op Atlantic board tour took place on P.E.I. and travelling knitters created comfort dolls over a four-day period. The team effort included staff, volunteers, children and spouses.
“It’s what a co-op is about,” Campbell said. “People coming together to make things better.”