Garden Grove Civic Center got a snazzy new look Sunday afternoon as non-profit group Knots of Love dressed the trees, statues, and even the bus stop in brightly-colored and patterned crocheted covers.
Usually, you can find Knots of Love volunteers using donated yarn to knit caps for cancer patients who have lost their hair, giving these people a bit of joy and comfort in a very difficult time of their lives.
While the volunteers were decorating the trees, the Ramos family, who had come to feed the ducks at the pond, walked over and introduced themselves. The Ramoses had received one of Knots of Love’s caps for their young child, who was a patient at CHOC and sadly passed away. They still had the cap in their car and wanted to express their gratitude to the volunteers.
One of those volunteers is Fullerton native Kris Sirca, a 30-year breast cancer survivor currently undergoing treatment for brain cancer.
Kris got involved with Knots of Love in 2009 at the suggestion of a friend. Everyday, she tries to knit at least two caps, each with its own zing or spunk.
In addition to processing, packing, and shipping the caps, Kris serves on the Knots of Love board of directors.
“It really has brought extra meaning to my life,” she says with a brilliant smile as she dresses the legs of the bus stop shelter with striped covers.
Twenty volunteers gave 250 hours to create the covers with donated yarn that was considered too abrasive to knit into caps for bare scalps.
The colorful display, which is part of Garden Grove’s Re-imagine Downtown project, will stay up as long as it remains in good shape. After it is taken down, the crocheted covers will be cleaned and remade into blankets for the homeless.
For more information about Knots of Love, or to donate yarn or time, visit their website at www.knotsoflove.org.
A Knots of Love volunteer helps decorate trees at the Garden Grove Civic Center as part of the Re-imagine Downtown project. Photo by Katie Wiedel.