Broadway Kids Begin Knitting Project for Stage Veterans and Homeless

News   Broadway Kids Begin Knitting Project for Stage Veterans and Homeless Young performers from Broadway will give back to Broadway veterans and the New York homeless community this winter season as Broadway Kids Care launches "The Knitting Project."

Young actors from Mary Poppins, Les Misérables, The Color Purple, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, The Farnsworth Invention and Sunday in the Park With George will take part in the initiative to knit scarves for veteran actors living at the Actors Fund's Lillian Booth Actors' Home as well as for New York City's homeless population. Broadway Kids Care is inviting all front-of-house and backstage members of the Broadway community to join them in their efforts.

In addition, Broadway Kids Care will perform a holiday concert at the Lillian Booth Actors' Home, where they will distribute the scarves they've knitted to retired members of the Broadway community.

This first step begins a year-round knitting project, as Broadway Kids Care works in cooperation with New York homeless organizations. Scarves knitted by the Broadway community will be distributed from November through February 2008.

The group of young thespians has previously provided community service to the New York-based Freedom House, a shelter for disabled women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Broadway Kids Care will also team Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in its upcoming endeavors.

Further information is available by visiting www.bwaykidscare.org. *

Founded earlier this year by Kelly Gonda, president of East of Doheny Productions, Broadway Kids Care brings together the children from current and past Broadway shows, affording them the opportunity to perform community service and, in the process, instill a strong philanthropic sensibility and foster a sense of community among the young actors and their families.