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Partnership for Successful Living Receives Donation of Mittens and Scarves From an Eagle Scout

On 02/21/2013

In order to earn Scouting’s highest achievement, the Eagle Scout rank, a candidate must show leadership by providing a service to the community.  James Carl, a member of Boy Scout Troop 654, heard about the Partnership for Successful Living and offered to provide them with handmade mittens and scarves.  Jennifer Ceballos, Development Associate at Partnership for Successful Living, thought this was an excellent idea and accepted all ninety sets of handmade mittens and scarves.

Delivery of scarves and mittens for the Cynthia Day Family Center at Keystone Hall.

The Partnership for Successful Living is a Nashua based collaboration of six non-profit organizations providing access to housing, healthcare, education; employment and supportive services to help individuals and families achieve sustainable independence.  The mittens and scarves befitted Keystone Hall and Harbor Homes.

James began by buying over thirty yards of fleece and twelve spools of thread.  The mittens were designed to fit both left or right hands and consisted of an outer lining, an inner lining, and elastic around the wrist for a thick, warm, mitten with a snug fit.

James Carl supervising the production of the pieces for sewing mittens.

Next, James made a template for large, medium and small mittens.  Each mitten required four pieces and so James and his family traced the patterns on the fleece until they had the seven hundred and twenty pieces plus a few extras to make ninety sets of mittens.  From there, the fabrics went to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where the youth, ages twelve to eighteen, from the Nashua congregations cut out the pieces.

Then, the pieces went to Ramona Burgess, Gail Fletcher, Joseph Carl, Nancy Carl, and Teresa Noel who together spent about thirty hours sewing the mittens.  They did get some help from another thirty youth from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who trimmed the mittens and inserted the lining for the final stitching around the wrist.  All together there were seventy people working for more than two hundred hours to provide the Partnership for Successful Living’s clients with ninety-four sets of mittens and scarves.

James found out about the Partnership for Successful Living while he was looking for a local charity to be the recipient of his Eagle Scout Project and felt that they could benefit from his service.  He is glad that the mittens and scarves will be going to great homes.

“Everyone deserves to be warm when they go outside.” – James Carl

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