As the weather turns, you have undoubtedly started pulling jackets, scarves, and hats from the back of your closet. You might even have several of each from which to choose on any given day. What if that wasn’t the case? Where would you turn if you couldn’t afford a pair of mittens to keep your hands warm or a blanket to keep the cold out? Many turn to Warm Up America, a charitable organization that provides knitted and crocheted items to those in need. Items ranging from afghans to hats and scarves are made available to individuals and families through local agencies such as battered women’s shelters, homeless shelters, hospice facilities and more. The ladies of Western Reserve Masonic Community have taken on this cause as their own, choosing to donate to Warm Up America’s local branch, Warm Up Medina County. Warm Up Medina County receives donations from community volunteers, who generously spend hours creating beautiful items for those in need. Routinely, these volunteers meet at Medina County District Library. Because they are not always able to attend these sessions, WRMC’s ladies have started their own group, called Yarn Buddies. Yarn Buddies meets once a week to work on donations for this great organization. In just four months, they have knitted and crocheted enough 7” x 9” blocks to make three large afghans, as well as numerous scarves, hats, mittens, and slippers. Each afghan is constructed by joining together 49 blocks, resulting in one-of-a-kind, colorful warmth. Yarn Buddies uses yarn that has been donated to them so they are able to focus the joy of giving on their talents rather than their treasure. Resident Martha Fousek is a regularly attendee at Yarn Buddies. “This has enabled some resident who are otherwise unable to get out to be involved and contribute. It has made a difference in all our lives as well as the lives of others.” At Western Reserve Masonic Community, we are honored to have such generous, caring women as residents. We know they are the true treasure!