Helping Others

Exposures: I Care: ‘Flying fingers’ knits for HOPE

Rose Sangervasi sits in the library at the Roseville Commons Senior Community Center and delights at one of her latest creations, a crocheted green and red beanie hat with jingle bells crowning the top.

She’s known as “flying fingers” among office staff, who say she produces hats almost faster than they can supply the yarn.

At 87, she’s one of a group of seniors who donate to Homeless Outreach Program Effort or HOPE Inc., a local nonprofit that provides hats and gloves to people living on the streets. HOPE distributes the hats and gloves as part of its annual “Homeless Need Gloven Too” program.

Sangervasi can often be found sharing her knitting skills with other seniors at Roseville Commons, but said she’d rather crochet than knit, since her hands are tender.

Last month the group made 89 hats to be donated.

Sangervasi says it’s nice to think they’re helping keep someone warm during the winter. “If somebody can use them, well, I say good. I was a part of that.”

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