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Dec 06, 2020

Bayshore Hooks and Needles Completes Year with Charitable Giving

Not hampered by COVID -19, the Bayshore Hooks and Needles group, founded and led by Holmdel resident Pat Koziol, recently “adopted” 74 families from the Monmouth Day Care Center in Red Bank.

The coordinator for the project was Maddy Kalb, of Middletown. Assisting her with the sorting, packing, labeling and delivery of the hats, blankets and headbands were Patti Roberts, Hazlet and Roberta Sheridan, all of Middletown.

Dearborn Market, Whole Foods and Fratellis Pizzeria graciously donated the bags and boxes needed to hold the handmade items.

Earlier in the year, Hazlet resident Jeanne Dischler suggested that the women make “mask mates” for the staff at Bayshore Health Care Center in addition to the shawls and lapghans being donated. Mask mates were also given to Union Beach First Responders and the staff at the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital.

For Veterans Day, Sophia Moglino, a junior at Holmdel High School, assisted the group by writing thank you notes to those who served. The notes, shawls and lapghans were delivered to the Lyons VA Medical Center in Somerset County.

For the past two years, the group has been meeting at the Union Beach Memorial Library.

“The trustees have allocated the space that we require for our group [which] now has 25 regular members plus our satellite members at Green Briar in Marlboro,” said Koziol. In Marlboro, the leader is Harriet Freid.

During the summer, baby hats and blankets were shipped to the Riley Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Over the years, the Bayshore Hooks and Needles group has made substantial contributions to 180 Turning Lives Around, Alaris Health at Kearney, Bayshore Family Success Center, Faith Chapel Union Beach, Grace Healthcare Services, Grace United Methodist Church, Hackensack Meridian Health at Home, the Knights of Columbus, Laurel Bay Health and Rehabilitation Center, Monmouth Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House of Long Branch, Maternal Wraparound Program for Opiod Dependent Pregnant Women, Menlo Park Veterans Memorial Home, Trinitas Hospital, Union Beach School District, Vineland Veterans Memorial Home, and United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

The group welcomes donations of new, unused yarn or gift cards for the purchase of yarn. During the warm weather, the group met at Veterans Park in Hazlet and hopes to return to the Union Beach Library in 2021. For more information, contact Koziol at 732-471-0475.