Organization uses ‘yarnbombs’ to raise awareness for Lyme Disease in State College

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You may have noticed yarn wrappings on parking meters while walking around Downtown State College and attached to each one is note — with facts about a disease that affects more 800 people a day.

“Lyme’s Disease is a huge issue in Pennsylvania statewide. And so, from a community standpoint, anything that we can do to help local organizations spread that awareness we don’t want to get in the way of,” State College Borough Communication Specialist Doug Shontz said.

The yarn creations aren’t meant to keep the parking meters warm, but to raise awareness for Lyme Disease. Which affected almost 9,000 people in the state in 2016, according to the Center for Disease Control. 

Lyme Yarnbombs is based out of Delaware. Each year, volunteers go around towns wrapping meters up to spread warning signs and prevention of the disease.

“It’s really noticeable. I mean the colors are very noticeable and we’ve heard from a lot of public that are really happy to that. it’s a great way to bring awareness to the issue,” Shontz said.  

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