By By the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
Staff, faculty, and residents from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry brushed up on their knitting skills to craft scarves for clients of the St. Anthony Foundation. The San Francisco, California, charity provides food and services to people in need. Thirty-one handmade scarves were donated, adding to the approximately 5,000 scarves the organization already received from 20 different states.
Each year during St. Anthony's Curbside Holiday Donation, volunteers accept drop-offs of food, clothing, and monetary donations. Items are distributed free of charge to needy residents in San Francisco. Among the most cherished items collected are hand-knit scarves, a source of warmth and comfort to those with the most need in the community.
Orthodontic Clinic Manager Deborah Marini learned about St. Anthony's scarf drive while searching for a way to give back to the community. Eager to participate, she asked everyone in the orthodontic program to help make the scarves. She also took the time to tutor those who did not know how to knit.
Other staff, faculty, and residents from the school joined the effort, including individuals from the International Dental Studies program, San Francisco Main Clinic, and other departments.
"We never expected so many people from the school to pitch in and learn, or teach others how to knit," said Ms. Marini. "There were a few people who were turning in a scarf every week!"
This year's successful knitting drive has encouraged volunteers to start crafting more scarves for next year. The organizers hope to teach more people how to knit and involve others at the school next year.