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Preschoolers Receive Hand-Knit Gifts from Seniors

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Christmas came early for a group of preschoolers this morning, when they received hand-knit hats and mittens from seniors at Missoula Manor.

A group of seven dedicated volunteers knitted the colorful winter accessories throughout the year, and kids from Missoula Head Start got to pick out their own set on Wednesday morning.

Carol Williams, an RSVP volunteer at Missoula Manor, said this year, she knitted 39 hats for the preschoolers.

"Well, I've lived here 11 years, so most of those I've worked on the hats and enjoyed each year when the children come," Williams said.

RSVP volunteers have donated more than 5,250 sets of hand-made hats and mittens over the past 15 years.

"Well, it makes you feel like you're useful, worth something," Williams added.

Williams said she and her fellow volunteers usually find time in the evenings to knit the winter gear.

"And it's cute to see them pick them out, and how they enjoy them."

Valerie Fargher of Missoula Head Start said, "They like to pick their own colors, they love to pick their own textures, they don't always match, but that's what's neat about it."

Fargher said she sees a real connection develop between the seniors and the children during the hat and mitten exchange.

"And they say this program is what gives them inspiration, the energy to start knitting again, so that's what it's all about," Fargher said.

As a thank you to the seniors who made their gifts, the preschoolers performed a few songs.
This year, RSVP volunteers are also donating hats and mittens to Head Start kids in Plains, Superior, Thompson Falls and Deer Lodge.

Community members donate most of the yarn to RSVP volunteers.

If you would like to donate yarn or knitting needles for the cause, please drop off supplies at Missoula Aging Services on Stephens Avenue.

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