Cover Up Program meets at Avamere Living at Berry Park

February 19, 2020

Independent living residents at Avamere Living at Berry Park are using their amazing sewing, knitting, and crocheting talent to help keep people warm.

A few residents joined the Cover Up program, an Oregon City-based program that donates handmade items to local agencies. They make hats, booties, quilts, scarves, and more for babies up to adults.

The Cover Up story

Cover Up began as a county-supported program. The Cover Up team found themselves in need of a new location in 2005, when the Avamere Living at Berry Park team invited them to meet at their independent living community.

Rae McCarty, now 94, ran the Cover Up program for 15 dedicated years. Her daughter, Sheila Belknap, recently stepped in to help run the program.

Today Cover Up has about 80 members across the United States who donate about 6,000 items each year to 40 agencies and counting. Cover Up regularly donates to A Safe Place, Healthy Families of Clackamas County, Kaiser Permanente, Veterans Services, and more.

“We encourage each woman to make whatever it is that they love to do,” Sheila said. “Then they bring it to us, and we find it a home. Our ladies are so generous and caring. They touch lives throughout our community with their generosity.”

Cover Up at Avamere Living at Berry Park

The program has members from Oregon to Arizona to New Jersey, including residents from Avamere Living at Berry Park.

Some of the independent living residents crochet or knit, while others make quilts. One of the quilts they proudly display in Avamere Living at Berry Park’s activity room. And some residents help by organizing the donations. No matter how they like to be involved, everyone has their own unique and important role.

Get involved

The group meets every first Thursday at Avamere Living at Berry Park. Stop by for yourself to see their beautiful (and warm) handmade pieces!

Cover Up gladly accepts donations of yarn and fabric. Contact Rae or Sheila at 503-998-9724 to find out more.

Cover Up is not affiliated with Avamere Living at Berry Park. The 55+ community is proud to offer their building as a meeting place.

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