Tuesday, December 29, 2009
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:          DECEMBER 15, 2009
FURTHER INFORMATION:            STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, GLENNA JOHNSON (626) 914-8812

 

Citrus College Employee Uses Hobby to Serve Community

by Stacy Armstrong

 

Glenna Johnson is always knitting.

 

Whether she is watching television, standing in line at the grocery store, or sitting in church, the Chino resident always has her yarn and needles in her hands.

 

In fact, the technical operations and support services supervisor for Citrus College is known to even knit while walking around her neighborhood.

 

“I have been knitting since I was a little girl, so I rarely think about what I am doing.  My fingers sort of knit on their own volition,” she said.  “Usually, I don’t need to look at what I am doing.  So, if something comes up, I can just drop the needles into my lap or knitting bag and continue on with the task at hand.”

 

A few years ago, Johnson’s scarf and sweater repertoire expanded and her knitting took on a new purpose.

 

“My sister had given me a calendar for Christmas that featured a new knitting pattern every day.  I was overjoyed and had visions of knitted articles floating around my head,” she explains.  “One of the patterns was for a beanie cap for a premature baby and it included information about donating the finished cap to hospital neo-natal units.”

 

Johnson, who was looking for a small project to take with her on an upcoming trip, decided to make a beanie cap.

 

“I grabbed a ball of leftover yarn, and before I knew it, I had one completed and was already working on another one,” she said.  “They work up very quickly and take very little yarn, so they are a great way to use up remnants from other projects.”

 

Soon, Johnson was recruiting others to help in creating the baby beanies.

 

“When I became bored with the pattern I was doing, I searched the internet and discovered a treasure trove of patterns for baby beanies,” she said.  “Now, I have been making them for several years and my daughter has joined in the fun.  We change our patterns and colors for variety and, between the two of us, have quite a collection of leftover yarn bits and knitting patterns.”

 

According to Johnson, most hospitals with neo-natal units will accept donations of knitted items for babies.

 

“It is great because I can help others while doing something I enjoy,” she said.

 

Giving back is something extremely important to Johnson.

 

“No one exists in a vacuum; each of us has the ability to help others,” she said.  “I believe everyone, even children, should volunteer something of themselves so they learn to see beyond their own issues and gain an understanding of their place in the world.”

 

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:          DECEMBER 15, 2009
FURTHER INFORMATION:            STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, GLENNA JOHNSON (626) 914-8812