Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

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December 25, 2013

West Carter school group knits afghans for local needy

Dec. 25, 2013 — The Y Club is a student-led club at West Carter High School specifically geared toward community service projects.

The club met at the Senior Community Center Friday to crochet and knit individual square sections that will be joined together to create full afghans for needy individuals in the community.

The project is called “Warm Up America!” which is a national non-profit initiative founded in 1991 that encourages local communities to knit and crochet afghans for families in need.

“This is something that's happening all across the nation, but we wanted to have a local impact and help people in our own community,” said club president Alexandria Knipp.

In addition to afghans, the club will also be donating caps and scarves to a local family they have identified as being in need.

West Carter's Y Club is completely funded by its student members and does not receive any financial assistance from the school district, meaning all of its service projects are paid for from each student's own pocket.

“Because we aren't a competition club, we don't get any help with the costs of these projects. We do these things out of pocket because we really want to help others,” said Knipp.

In addition to this project, the club has also sponsored other community events, such as the Halloween festival that was held at the Olive Hill National Guard Armory last October.

For more information about the West Carter Y Club and its upcoming service projects, contact the organization at

Joe Lewis can be reached at or by telephone at 286-4201.

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