Thursday, April 10, 2014

Knitting project to wrap Boston Marathon runners

A group of Saint Mary’s knitters are wrapping Boston Marathon runners in warmth and support. Old South Church in Boston asked knitters, crocheters, and weavers to make blue and yellow scarves to wrap each runner in this year’s Boston Marathon.

After last year’s bombing, these runners have not only done physical training, but are overcoming fear and anxiety to run this year.

Beth Seebach (Psychology) put the word out about the idea on Facebook and to other friends. Knitters in La Crosse (primarily from First Congregational Church) and from Saint Mary’s (including Seebach, Ellen Bergler from the Wellness Center and student Allison Wachal) sent 45 blue and yellow scarves to Old South Church in Boston (located at the finish line).

The US Postal Service dedicated an entire truck to delivering the scarves. They are hoping for 35,000 scarves to arrive so each runner will be wrapped in love and prayer.