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Hats for the Ship Support organization

I am proud to be part of the Internet group known as Ship Support (http://www.wtv-zone.com/kjsb/bataan.html) This group makes and sends thousands of *hugs from home* to our service people serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and the war on terror. Since it's inception in Oct., 2001, we have made and sent over 100,000 items to our troops, as well as many other items (snacks, etc.)

My personal goal is to crochet and send 10 hats per month; some months I've made more, some less. I use worsted weight yarn for the hats I make. We have church groups, retirement homes and many individuals who make items; there are over 900 members, ranging from elementary school age girls to a few in their nineties!

I find it very satisfying to know that I'm helping to keep a few of our service personnel warm during the cold times of the year and to send them a little something from home. These hats are made to fit under the helmet of our soldiers and those on the ships often wear them to bed as the berthing areas are kept very cool.

The website given above will give you much more information about our great group!! We often receive emails from the troops who are enjoying the things we send them and Ellen, one of the directors of the group, posts each one she receives, as well as posting photos that are sent to her. Ellen collects ALL the items, repacks them and sends them off to the troops, using her own time to do all this. Postage money comes in from all of us who make items and other folks who want to participate but don't knit, crochet or sew. No one is paid for doing this work; we all supply our own yarn.

The items we send them are often the only mail some of these folks receive during their time away from home.........and everyone loves getting them. I don't know how many ships/units that we are now trying to send to...but I know it's a lot!!

I don't know of any media in the Tacoma/Seattle area that has reported on this. But there has been some press in different parts of the country.


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