A childhood hobby has turned into a labor of love for a Playa del Rey woman.
Nina Peltomaa said she learned to knit as a child, then quit for 40 years, and decided to start again after a recent visit to see family in her native Iceland last September.
Since that time, Peltomaa has knit close to two dozen scarves and donated them to the Westside Winter Shelter Donation Drive.
“I only knit in the evening when I turn the television on,” said Peltomaa. “So you can just imagine how much time we waste watching tv when we can be doing something else!”
This is just one example of the generosity demonstrated by constituents of the 11th District.
Councilmember Bill Rosendahl has organized the drive for six years and says the quantity of donations grows bigger and bigger.
“Once again, my constituents listened to my call to action and supported the donation drive in great numbers,” said Rosendhal. “The turnout in my district has always impressed me, more so this year than ever before.”
The annual Westside donation drive provides clothing, travel size toiletries, and cleaning products to the Winter Shelter Program taking place at the West LA Armory and operated by First to Serve.
Over the holidays, the organization sent a crew to pick up dozens of bags and boxes filled with donations and took the items to the armory for distribution.
As for Peltomaa, she said she already started her handmade donations for 2013 and hopes to bring in 40 scarves come next December.
Rosendahl says he can’t wait to see next year’s collection.
“I want to extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude to everyone in my district who helped make the drive a huge success,” said Rosendahl. “The giving spirit here is one of the many reasons why I love the 11th District!”