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Hands from the Heartland to hold final meeting of the year

Hands from the Heartland will be holding its final meeting of the year at 10 a.m. Saturday, and homeless veterans will be warmer this winter for their efforts.

The group will spend two hours knitting or crotcheting woolen items that will be provided to homeless veterans from the region who are registered at the Jesse Brown VA Hospital in Chicago, according to spokeswoman Mary McDermed.

The group will meet for two hours at Homewood Public Library.

Last October, the group donated 800 items to the hospital, McDermed said, and that’s the goal for this year, too.

“Although we have 35 members, we can always use more men or women to help us meet our quota of 800 items next year,” she said. “We operate under the principle that if you can only make one item, one person will be warmer this winter because of you.”

The group has been creating woolen items for troops for the past five years, she said, and has produced more than 3,000 items.

In addition to help with knitting and crotcheting, the group also accepts monetary donations to help with the cost of yarn, McDermod said.

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