With the spring equinox still more than two months away, London Police are putting a call out to Londoners for knit donations for the “Warm Hands, Warm Hearts” project.
The project sees donated knit goods distributed by uniformed officers to members of the community who are without proper winter clothing and accessories.
In a statement Tuesday, London Police announced their participation in the project, and said it creates an opportunity for Londoners to work with police to assist those who are less fortunate.
“Many individuals enjoy knitting hats, scarves, mittens, or socks as a past time and have a strong desire to help others,” said police in a statement on Tuesday. “The London Police Service regularly deals with various members within the city, many of whom could potentially use knit goods. As these interactions are already taking place, the LPS would like to play a role in distributing these items.”
The project’s roots date back to the early 1990’s when a member of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary in St. John’s, N.L. implemented the idea after community members came forward wishing to help those in need.
“The officer realized that the police could assist in the distribution of knit items, due to their regular interactions with people of all walks of life within their community,” a police media release said. “After some planning, the ‘Warm Hands, Warm Hearts’ program was created.”
Officials say the project founder’s son was recently hired by London Police as a cadet, and felt the program could continue in London with the service’s help.
Those wishing to donate knit goods can drop items off at Police Headquarters at 601 Dundas Street until March 1st.