Kmitt helping the homeless

Kmitt won Calgary’s 2012 Grassroots Grant competition hands down.

The organization is a local one-for-one movement whose goal is help people in need of shelter.

For every pair of knitted mittens purchased, a second pair will be disturbed to Calgary’s homeless.

“We are currently in the process of finalizing our pattern. A large launch will come in the fall of 2013, but mittens will be available for purchase throughout the summer,” said Nick Meehan, founder of Kmitt.

The mittens knitted by Kmitt volunteers will sell for $20 a pair.

The project is growing in popularity, and is even gaining support from a local knitting store in Inglewood, Stash Needle Art Lounge.

 “They love the simplicity of the idea, and how locally focused the idea is,” said Meehan.

The founder of TOMS Shoes, Blake Mycoskie, recently published a novel entitled, “Start Something That Matters.”

The idea within the novel was the inspiration behind Kmitt.

“In the book he gives the directive, ‘As long as you help even one person, it will all be worth it.’ That’s what I strove to do,” said Meehan.

Meehan’s short-term goal is to sell at least one pair of mittens, making one more person aware of homelessness in Calgary.

The long-term goals for Kmitt are to increase the number of volunteers, expand the number of knitting classes and register Kmitt as a not-for-profit organization.

Kmitt is more than knitting mittens for the homeless it’s about helping one another.

Meehan would like Kmitt to make as many people in Calgary aware that homelessness exists, and inspire them to help make a change no matter how small it may be.

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Jennifer Tiwana worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2012-2013 academic year.