PORTAGE | Jean Loiacano, a resident of Rittenhouse Senior Living, has been knitting for more than 70 years. She started knitting when her children were younger. Her first projects were making her children's clothes. A neighbor friend taught her a basic stitch and then she taught herself how to follow patterns and learn other stitches.
Loiacano, 92, was in a car accident a few years back and she did not think she was going to be able to knit anymore. Her daughter, Anna Marie, insisted on keeping all of her mom's knitting supplies because Anna Marie knew the passion her mother had for knitting and she knew that would be her incentive to get better. This past summer, Loiacano asked for her knitting supplies and she has been knitting items to donate for the holiday season.
“Knitting helps pass the time in the evening before I go to sleep," said Loiacano. She is an active resident at Rittenhouse Senior Living in Portage. She has lived in assisted living for over three years and she loves the social activities. She participates in the knitting club that is hosted at Rittenhouse.
Loiacano will be donating booties that she knits to the Be a Santa to a Senior program which is sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care. Home Instead has been participating in the program for the past seven years. This year they will be donating gifts to more than 300 seniors.
The Hobart Tri Kappa City Wide Giving Tree is a program started 13 years ago to help Hobart families provide Christmas gifts for their children that may not have any gifts. The mittens being donated by Loiacano will be added to the children's gifts for Christmas morning.