Scarves and Hats. Knitted and crocheted. Operation Gratitude.
The goal: bring a smile, lift morale, express appreciation.
Every year, Operation Gratitude sends 100,000 care packages to U.S. service members serving in hostile territories—and also to their children who are home without them, as well as to wounded veterans and first responders.
For the month of August, Colors 91711 in Claremont is hosting a hats and scarves effort so that something handmade will be included in every care package. This is for Operation Gratitude’s Holiday Drive; they start packing all the goodies (which include, besides a scarf and a hat, $75-100 of various products) in mid-October at the Army National Guard armory in Van Nuys. Since OG began in 2003, they have shipped 815,000 packages to American military members, their children and returned veterans. They are open every day, year-round.
Colors 91711 will be open to the community for this project every Friday night in August, 6-9 p.m. The store carries all the materials you may need, though everyone is welcome to bring their own materials. Owner Diana Miller’s intention is to support the troops and build a sense of community through a group activity. All are welcome.
Maggie Tupman made 32 scarves last year at Colors 91711, which were shipped to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan in time for the holiday season. On the OG website, “Kelly” wrote that she’d completed 600 scarves and was hoping to reach 1,000 by the packing deadline. So, if you knit or crochet and you’d like to send our soldiers something home-made in thanks, grab your needles and join up!
Scarves & Hats for Operation Gratitude
Every Friday during the month of August, 6-9 p.m.
Colors 91711, 248 Harvard Ave., Claremont
For more information, visit colors91711.com or call 909.624.6161 (not open every day)