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‘Tree of Hope’ first ever crocheted Christmas tree

Photo: Susan Atzori

The ‘Tree of Hope’, Gozo’s first ever crocheted Christmas tree was officially lit last night in Kerċem, in Gozo.

The Gozo Crafty Ladies group, which is largely made up of Kerċem residents, stitched together no less than 100 blankets made from handmade fabric known as ‘granny squares’. They produced an impressively large 25-foot Christmas tree, which will remain in the square outside the Kerċem local council until 7 January 2021.

Together with the local council, the Gozo Crafty Ladies group have instilled some well-needed hope and cheer in the hearts of many as group leader Susan Atzori said that they were inspired to name their creation the Tree of Hope, due to the challenges many are facing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo: Facebook, Ta Kercem Gozo LC

The group has a mission and that is to help charities and missions by working crafts, mainly knitting and crochet, and donating them. Over the last few months, they have sent warm items to the Neonatal Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and Maternity Ward at Mater Dei hospital, sent scarves and hats to a refugee camp in Greece, and donated Christmas crafts to be sold for missions funds. Not to mention that the crafty ladies are also helping out a cancer-related foundation with donations of lap blankets and hats for patients undergoing chemotherapy.

“The Tree of Hope was made with love and dedication this past year, as a symbol to show that we must have faith that all will be well and at the same time, to remember those most vulnerable, mainly patients in our hospitals and the elderly,” said Susan.

Want to contribute? The group does not accept monetary donation but does, however, greatly appreciate the donation of any yarn or wool.