Have you noticed yarn wrapped around parking meters while walking around Newport? The yarn display, called yarnbombs, and the notes tied to them are meant to raise awareness for Lyme Disease. Which affect almost 300,000 people in the United States every year, according to the Center for Disease Control.

This is the first year for yarnbombing in Newport, but each year, volunteers go around towns across the country wrapping meters up to spread warning signs and prevention of the disease. “Yarnbomb for Lyme” hopes to create a fun atmosphere and educate the public.

Update: Why Yarnbombs were removed from Washington Square on Thursday

The meters will be wrapped in yarn for approximately one month.

Newport City Council received communication seeking permission to sew the lime green sweaters onto Newport parking meters to raise awareness about Lyme disease on September 27, 2017. At that time, Council unanimously voted to eceive and refer to city administration for review and approval without any discussion

Lyme Yarnbombs, Inc. is a registered 501c3 nonprofit charitable organization. For more information, visit www.lymeyarnbombs.com/

 

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