Recently, Cranston resident, Cathy Stockley partnered with Ocean State Job Lot to donate a collection of baby blankets, booties and hats that she personally created with yarn supplied by Ocean State Job Lot, to the Carriage House Family Shelter in North Falmouth.
According to a spokesperson for Ocean State Job Lot, the project came to be when Stockley was out of work and searching for something to do to help pass the time. Because knitting was always a hobby Stockley enjoyed doing, it was a natural choice for her project. She decided to approach Ocean State Job Lot with the idea of selling them some of her knitted goods. Although Ocean State Job Lot was unable to purchase her knitted pieces, they offered her an alternative, and she took them up on it.
David Sarlitto, Executive Director, Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation, approached Stockley and asked if she would be willing to personally knit baby blankets which Ocean State Job Lot would then donate to mothers in need. As a mother of two, Stockley loved the idea. Ocean State Job Lot then presented her with a $150 gift card so she could purchase all of the supplies she needed.
After about a month of hard work Stockley had knitted three hats, three blankets, and a few pairs of booties with the rest of the supplies. Sarlitto then reached out to the Carriage House Family Shelter in North Falmouth, a shelter chosen because of their expressed need for such items for newborns.
Each knitted set was presented in a plastic storage basket along with other necessities which had been provided by Ocean State Job Lot.
Thanks to Stockley’s collaboration and dedication, Ocean State Job Lot is now looking to expand the knitting program inspired by her good deed.