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INSPIRING: Local women work to help people they'll never meet

Posted at 5:22 PM, Jan 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-23 19:22:33-05

A group in Tucson is working to help people they'll likely never meet stitch by stitch. 

The group of about 15 women calls themselves Helping Hands of Tucson. They are knitting blankets and clothes for individuals or groups who need warm articles of clothing or blankets.

Volunteers started out making quilts for a national project to help the homeless about 15 years ago. Since then, they’ve made blankets for Hurricane Katrina victims, blankets for cancer and hospice patients, wool hats for deployed soldiers. Organizer Lynne Bergman estimates they've made about 6,000 hats for NICU babies.

“We have to start caring about our friends, neighbors, getting to know each other, helping people that we've never met, and I think that will change the world in a million different ways,” Bergman said.

The group recently made blankets for homeless in Tucson after learning local charities were short by thousands.
They say anyone who can knit or crochet is welcome to join them at the Eastside City Hall building on Speedway Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.