Making red scarves for the Orphan Foundation of America

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Making red scarves for the Orphan Foundation of America

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Employees Knit Red Scarves to Warm the Orphan Foundation of America

WHEELING, WV, Dec. 11, 2009 — Dr. Julie A. Osland, psychology professor at Wheeling Jesuit University has a masters and doctorate degree in psychology from the University of Albany, New York (SUNY) and a degree in stitchery from her mother, Ann, an avid needlewoman, who knits, cross stitches and quilts.

Her mother is so passionate about knitting that she even taught her nephews to knit. A native of Southeast Minnesota, a small town called Lanesboro, Osland carries her knitting with her often and has enlisted her fellow professors and employees at Wheeling Jesuit in knitting for a reason — making red scarves for the Orphan Foundation of America.

Bright red scarves in warm wool and acrylic yarn are now being packed and shipped to the Orphan Foundation. WJU employees Debra Hull, Barbara Kulpa, Connie Myer, and Osland knitted scarves. Professor Hull got her Bethany Woman’s Club involved and the ladies there added to the red scarf count. Plus, professor Osland's mother created a beautiful cable stitch washable merino wool model to add to the gift package.

Other Wheeling Jesuit employees donated gift cards to add to the care package, including, Janet Bischof, Jamie Brogan, Kelly Mummert, Jane Neuenschwander, Laurie Ruberg and Julie Osland. Employee Erin Ball donated gift bags.

Founded in 1981, the Orphan Foundation of America (OFA) is a non-profit group that supports young adults who are "aging out" of the foster care system. According to the OFA about 25,000 young adults "age out" of the system each year. Many of them want to pursue a higher education, but unlike many of the students who attend Wheeling Jesuit, they do so without any kind of family support, because they have no family, explained Osland.

One of the things the OFA tries to do for these young adults is to serve as a surrogate family. For those who are enrolled in a college or university, they send care packages to them three times a year: September, February, and April.

“The items we send to the OFA in December will go in the February Care packages,” Osland said. Which is so appropriate since red is the color of Valentine’s Day and these scarves definitely have some love woven into every stitch.

For more information on the Orphan Foundation, please visit the foundation's Web site at http://orphan.org/index.php

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This sounds like a wonderful service action. Providing warm, beautiful hand-made scarves for young people as they "age-out" into the world provides a beautiful symbol of care, warmth, and virtual support.

I hope someday to learn how to knit so that I could contribute to this worthwhile service activity.

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This sounds like a wonderful service action. Providing warm, beautiful hand-made scarves for young people as they "age-out" into the world provides a beautiful symbol of care, warmth, and virtual support.

I hope someday to learn how to knit so that I could contribute to this worthwhile service activity.

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