Knitters’ hats go to Afghanistan
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On July 4, Yarns by HomePlace Farm, a small business in Jacksonville, initiated a patriotic campaign to inspire crocheters and knitters to make hats for a local soldier. That soldier, Sgt. Beau Adams, has served in the Army Reserve as a field medic since graduating from Jacksonville High School.

The campaign dates to World War I when “Knit Your Bit” was formed to encourage those who crocheted or knitted to make socks, caps, sweaters or scarves for those serving in the military.

Adams is married and has a 3-year-old son. He serves with the ARNG (Army/National Guard) in Darlington, S. C., as a front line medic and is on his second deployment to Afghanistan. His parents retired from the Army at Fort McClellan.

Adams said that he and his unit are “pumped about receiving the handmade hats and it’s great to know that people in the U. S. care about us.”

It was Yarns by HPF’s intent to collect enough knitted and crochets hats for members of Adams’s unit, but the results blossomed into a national outpouring of support for not only that unit but many more soldiers.

With yarn donated by Knitting Fever, Cascade and Berroco Yarns, Diane Peden and Linda Boozer, owners of Yarns by HPF, mailed out the donated yarn to people across the country who wanted to join their cause. Many used their own yarn to participate.

When time came to ship the finished products to Afghanistan, Yarns by HPF shipped 127 hats, six blankets and care package that included items such as razors, travel size toiletries, candy and snacks. Support came from throughout the county, and hats came from several states.

Peden and Boozer said they can’t thank everyone enough for their involvement and support.

“It’s amazing to not only see a community, but literally a nation come together for our soldiers who make many sacrifices to serve our country so that we may have our freedom,” said Peden. “Love and support went into each of these handmade items. We want the soldiers to feel that love and support each time they put one of these hats on.”

Adams’s aunt, Pam Howard, said she can’t begin to express what the support for this project has meant.

“I adore my nephew,” she said. “I have since the first time I laid eyes on that beautiful child. But this is so much bigger. My respect for him and the men and women serving with him is hard to explain. Words fail me, and those of you who know me know how rare that is. The support for this project humbles me. If you have been a part of this, come, let me thank you. If you can’t, please accept my very heartfelt thanks.”

Adams posted on Facebook how much he appreciated what everyone did.

“I just want to thank each and everyone who helped with this,” he said. “For you to do this means that the world is still full of wonderful people. My fellow brothers and sisters and I are very appreciative for all of you and what you’re doing. It really means a lot, and there aren’t enough thank yous that we can send your way. Just know that it means the world.”

The United States Postal Service gave them a special rate, and shipping costs were donated by Pro-Tech Security, LLC.
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