Crochet Group Sends Handmade Gifts to Troops

Crochet Group Sends Handmade Gifts to Troops
The staff members from Student Health Services have spent many lunch breaks crocheting items for troops in Iraq.
The organization Soldiers' Angels will deliver the handmade gifts.

This Veterans Day, a group of women who work in Student Health Services will have warmer hearts knowing that they made a few soldiers in Iraq actually warmer.

This group comprised of a doctor, nurses, a technician, an analyst and pharmacists have spent numerous lunch breaks crocheting scarves, beanies, helmet covers and fingerless gloves.

“Everything was handmade, from the beanies to the thank-you note tags we attached to the beanies,” says Pharmacist Faith Felix-Colburn. “Most of the people who made them are first attempters, and we want everyone to know we had a lot of fun doing it.”

In addition to Felix-Colburn, Dr. Carol Smith, Mary Schwach, Nancy Rosenberg, Dorothy Davis, Anna Line and Nancy Surjadinata, lent their time to this project.

One shipment of handmade items has already been delivered, and the women are working on their next batch.

The crochet pieces are being donated to Soldiers' Angels, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support to the men and women of the U.S. Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and the Coast Guard and their families. The organization was founded in 2003 by Patti Patton-Bader whose son Sgt. Brandon Varn was stationed in Iraq. She is also the grandniece of World War II Gen. George S. Patton.

Though the Cal Poly Pomona women do not have family members serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, they felt a desire to offer a helping hand, Felix-Colburn says.

“This is our way of sending support, and hopefully it shows the men and women serving oversees that people back at home care and are thinking about them,” she says.

In observance of Veterans Day, Cal Poly Pomona will be closed Monday, Nov. 12.