Echo Ridge’s small community makes a big impact

RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) – Falling snow inspires an urge to pull yourself together, but it’s not just people who’ll be wearing hats and scarves. Downtown presidential statues stay warm this season too.

The people at Echo Ridge Independent Living have been making scarves for over a year. They currently have about 24 scarves that are placed on statues downtown.

“Some of us have found that we have a similar interest in knitting, crocheting and other crafts. We decided it would be fun to get together, sit and chat and do them for about an hour in the afternoons. We made all these scarves to put on the presidents,” said Jan Albright, who lives in Echo Ridge.

“These ladies are great at giving to other organizations, and they’re really just an independent group here at Echo Ridge, which is an independent dwelling,” said Angela Weiderich, senior living manager at Echo Ridge.

Other organizations, churches and youth groups are trying to attach socks, hats, coats, scarves and gloves to the statues for everyone to take with them.

Winter clothing is allowed between November 15th and March 15th and has been a tradition in Rapid City for 8 seasons.

If you have yarn that you would like to donate to the Echo Ridge artisans, you can drop it off at the Senior Living Managers’ office and it will be distributed to the ladies.

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