Lynchburg knitting group plans clothing giveaway for people in need

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Free clothing will be available on the streets of downtown Lynchburg Friday.

Homemade hats, scarves, and other items will be tied to a fence at the Lynchburg Social Services building along 9th Street Friday afternoon at 2 p.m.

The giveaway is part of a nationwide effort called "Chase the Chill."

Knitting groups around the country, including the "Styx and String" group in Lynchburg, crochet items of clothing and leave them in public spaces for people in need to pick up.

"Our hope is that if you are cold, if you are in need, that you will swing by, pick up something, and enjoy having it," said Kate Goodman, a member of the "Styx and String" knitting group and the Development and Marketing Director for Rush Homes in Lynchburg.

Friday's giveaway is designed to call attention to poverty and homelessness in Lynchburg.

The effort is supported by Miriam's House and Rush Homes, which offer help for the homeless and disabled.