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April 13, 2015

Stitch in Time Group Provides Warmth to Those in Need

A Stitch in Time was created by a group of Bright Horizons employees in the Watertown Office who wanted to share their love of knitting and crocheting while also doing something to give back to the community.

This baby girl is enjoying warm snuggles with her Stitch in Time blanket.

This baby girl is enjoying warm snuggles with her Stitch in Time blanket.

“Initially, we met every Wednesday for six weeks as a group and then continued knitting/crocheting at home.  We created more than 100 pieces that we divided and donated to both St. Ambrose and the Parenting Journey Bright Spaces® families,” said Patti Nurse, Senior Director, Business Services and one of the leaders of the Stitch in Time group that recently received grants from the Bright Horizons Foundation for Children®. “The Stitch in Time group did not want to disband and still meets every Wednesday to socialize, create, and give back.”

St. Ambrose Family Shelter and Parenting Journey will each receive a Foundation grant for $250 in honor of the Stitch in Time group. Any Bright Horizons employee or a group of employees who volunteers at least 20 hours a year with a qualified nonprofit organization* is eligible to apply for a Foundation grant. Larger grants are available in honor of those who volunteer more than 100 hours a year.

“It is so rewarding to see how a small group of people can make such a big impact.  Not only did we wrap our Bright Space families with warmth, we formed new friendships, taught our younger colleagues how to knit/crochet, and connected some of our remote employees with the Home

Stitch in Time members meet every Wednesday in the second floor café of the 200 building

Stitch in Time members meet every Wednesday in the second floor café of the 200 building

Office,” said Patti . “I think I speak for our group when I say that we benefited as much as our Bright Spaces families.”

The Foundation recognizes the Bright Horizons volunteers who are making a difference in the communities where we live and work through volunteering, engagement, and fundraising.  Volunteers can be Foundation grant recipients, Community Champions, volunteers hosting Brightening Lives Activities, and/or groups or individuals fundraising for the Foundation. If you or someone you know should be recognized, please contact the Foundation at bhfoundation@brighthorizons.com.

*Please see our Funding Guidelines for more information on eligible organizations.

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