Kevin Johnson donates yarn to Knit for HopePosted on November 26, 2012

For more than 25 years, Beatrice Johnson and her husband Joe were heavily involved in arts and crafts. They were accomplished in making and selling crafts, and their creations could be found anywhere from southern Ohio to northern California.

When Joe passed away, Beatrice largely stopped crafting, but she continued to collect yarn. Today, she is a resident at Hempstead Manor and no longer crafts. Still, her son, Kevin Johnson, has made sure her collection will go to good use.

He donated the yarn – 489 skeins in total – to Southern Ohio Medical Center to support the ‘Knit for Hope’ program. The program provides patients with handmade hats, scarves, blankets and more.

“We looked around to see who could use the materials, and we decided to give it to SOMC,” Kevin Johnson said.

SOMC Volunteer Services manager Jenny Lavender said the yarn is going to be made into hats, scarves and blankets for cancer and hospice patients.

“I’m thrilled to receive such a generous donation,” Lavender said. “It will be put to good use. Through the ‘Knit for Hope’ program, we can show our compassion for our patients while also helping Beatrice continue to make a difference through her passion for arts and crafts.”

Kevin said his mom is glad to see her yarn support a cause like ‘Knit for Hope.’

“I know my mom is very, very pleased,” Kevin said.

To find out how you can support the ‘Knit for Hope’ program, contact the SOMC Volunteer Office at 740-356-8236. For more information, you can also “like” SOMC on Facebook at

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