Clients at SnowCap Community Charities will be a little warmer this winter thanks to clothes provided by volunteers at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 18630 S.E. Division St.

Throughout the year, church sewing bee members knitted, crocheted, stitched and sewed lap robes, crib blankets, hats, mittens, sweaters and neck scarves that are distributed to the needy at Christmas through SnowCap's clothes closet program.

Many special-made items also are delivered to shut-ins.

'There is a lot of good-natured 'needling' that goes on among our volunteers,' says Verneta Price of Gresham, chairwoman of the church group, which calls the project 'Handmade With Love.' The finished products are fashioned from donated yarn and fabrics, she adds.

The group made more than 100 articles for SnowCap.

'Each year our clients tell us these donations help take away some of the chill and allow them to enjoy the holiday season a bit more comfortably,' says SnowCap Executive Director Judy Alley. 'This is especially true in some households where the high cost of heating has required very low thermometer settings.'

SnowCap provides food, clothing, advocacy and other essential services to the poor in a large part of east Multnomah County, including the areas of Gresham, Fairview, Wood Village and Troutdale.

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