PHOTO: Cozmeena is encouraging all knitters, never-before knitters and expert purlers alike, to create warm, loving scarves for those in need.
Fair Haven, N.J. – Cozmeena Enlightened Living, a Fair Haven, NJ-based lifestyle brand centered around knitting for those experiencing hardship, has expanded its local knitting efforts. This holiday season, Cozmeena knitters created infinity and straight-fringed scarves for hundreds of children and adults served by Covenant House Asbury, The Center in Asbury Park (AIDS center and homeless shelter) and Mary’s Place by the Sea, a respite center for women undergoing treatment for cancer in Ocean Grove. The effort, led by more than 30 knitters, is now being expanded to encourage others in New Jersey to join.
“As each scarf is wrapped around its new owner, they are told ‘You are safe, you are loved, and everything will be okay,” said Lisa Luckett, founder of Cozmeena. “Cozmeena is a metaphor of the beauty and grace my kids and I received after the loss of my husband on 9/11. My children and I have been showered with love and support that continues to this day. Knitting Cozmeena Shawls allowed me to take care of myself as I took care of the women who took care of me. Now with the addition of Cozmeena Scarves, Cozmeena.com gives people another opportunity to do the same for themselves and those they love. Cozmeena is my way of giving back for all we have received. Now after years of study I want to share with people tangible, tactile ways to feel better again. Knitting is one of them.”
Recent scarf donations were presented to the Covenant House of Asbury Park on December 11. Cozmeena was approached by Cathy Alescio and Marie Noglows of Fair Haven after they spent time volunteering at the Covenant House and saw a need to comfort the organization’s homeless, runaway and at-risk youth.
“We’ve had such a great and overwhelming response that we are encouraging everyone to join the effort,” said Lisa. “If you are part of a service or civic group, Cozmeena can set you up to knit for Covenant House or any other organization you have in mind. This is a perfect project for Girl Scout or Boy Scout troops and other youth organizations. “
Cozmeena will act as the distribution arm for the seven New Jersey Covenant House programs, and will move to the New York programs as the project expands. The organization will serve as a distribution center for knitters and knitting ministries helping them to organize and connect creators with people in need.
All knitters —never-before knitters and experts alike — are invited to create warm, loving scarves for those in need. Interested knitters can visit www.cozmeena.com, purchase the initial kit for $24 (refills are $12), and begin knitting. Each scarf comes with an original, hand-made Cozmeena Pocket HeartTM button making it an Original Cozmeena and a signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity and a tag with space for a personal note from the knitter.
Included with the kit is an online tutorial that easily teaches knitters how to create the simple scarves. These tutorials are perfect for individuals and groups who want to learn to knit and embrace Cozmeena’s healing efforts. Tutorials are available at www.cozmeena.com.
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But what makes Cozmeena and its mission of giving so unique, is the philosophy behind the knitting — the soothing meditation that comes from the tactile act of knitting, the positive energy of a community creating together and the soul-filling goodness of giving something you’ve made by hand to someone you love who is hurting.
“Cozmeena Knitting is a community knitting effort,” said Lisa. “It’s a new version of caring for yourself, from the inside out. You’re making yourself feel better and filling your heart while caring for and personally connecting to another person.”
About Cozmeena Enlightened Living
Cozmeena is a lifestyle brand of kindness, care and love. It is based on the foundational elements of consideration, grace and decency. It is about taking care of yourself as you take care of others, finding comfort through your five senses and connecting with like-minded thinkers. It is about paying it forward and giving back. To learn more and create your own community charity knitting project, visit www.cozmeena.com.