Berea College Theatre Department students make pouches for injured animals in Australia

Posted at 5:22 PM, Jan 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-12 16:16:29-05

BEREA, Ky. (LEX 18)  — A group of nearly a dozen students and teachers met Saturday to learn how to crochet and knit pouches for injured animals in Australia.

The idea came from the Facebook group Animal Rescue Craft Guild, which put out patterns for anyone looking to help the cause.

Ami Shupe brought yarn, needles and hooks to the Jekyll Theatre Building and walked participants through everything they needed to know.

“I hope that it has a huge impact and not just for Australia and all the animals,” said Shupe. “Hopefully it has an impact here locally where we learn that even some of these basic skills we’re learning can have a dramatic impact in areas of the world we may never visit.”

Students were excited to take part in an event that would help a global cause.

“It’s been super rough being over here and being a broke college student and not really knowing what I can do to help,” said Alison Rickert, a junior Theatre major.

The “nests” and “joey bags” will be sent to help thousands of animals recovering from devastating fires that have killed an estimated billion animals in Australia.

“One little drop in the bucket adds up and the more people that are contributing, the more impact we can have,” said Shupe.

To learn more about the Animal Rescue Craft Guild, click here.