Thursday, October 3, 2013

Knitting for Soldiers

Bridgewater’s One Book One Community Committee is spearheading a project to serve the needs of military personnel who are deployed overseas. In keeping with the military theme of the current OBOC choice, We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of the American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese, written by Elizabeth Norman, volunteers are knitting scarves and caps for soldiers.

Starting with the American Revolution, the tradition of knitting for our soldiers has been carried out for more than 200 years. Throughout our country’s history, knitters have been inspired to knit for our soldiers in order to provide some measure of personal peace that a knitted item from home provides. We currently have more than 200,000 troops in overseas theaters where they are subjected to sub-zero wind chills during the winter and extreme heat in the summer. During World War II the slogan was “KNIT A BIT”. We are borrowing this idea and plan to do the same for the soldiers who are currently stationed overseas.

Written instructions, which are very specific, will be available at the October 5th kickoff event at the Bridgewater Public Library. Another option is to email the library at and ask for instructions to be emailed to you. Please put “OBOC knitting project” in the subject line.

Completed items can be dropped off at the Cole-Yeaton Senior Center at 10 Wally Krueger Way by November 13th. Please place your item in a zip-lock plastic bag.

One Book One Community partners include: Bridgewater State University, the Bridgewater Public Library, Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, Williams Intermediate School, Friends of the Bridgewater Public Library, the Bridgewater Senior Center, the Raynham Senior Center, and the Bridgewater University Bookstore.

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