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Library helps 4-H club send blankets

The Hazel Mackin Community Library and Roberts Ribbon Reapers 4-H Club are teaming up to bring a little extra warmth to Wisconsin military personnel overseas.

Storytime at the Hazel Mackin Community Library this week will involve making blankets for overseas Wisconsin soldiers with the help of the Roberts Ribbon Reapers 4-H Club.

"We are having themes shaped around themes, and 'b' happens to be 'blankets'," said Krissa Coleman youth services director. "We will make the blankets during our craft time, and be able to teach about serving others and honoring our military for the sacrifices they make every day for our freedom."

Coleman said the library hopes community members will come forward to donate fleece for the blankets. Coleman said designs are welcome on the cloth.

"We thought it would be fun to see Packer, Badger or Brewer prints to remind the soldiers of home," Coleman said.

Roberts Ribbon Reapers leader Patti Robinson said the library is helping the 4-H group try to meet their goal of around 200 blankets and hats to send to Wisconsin military troops overseas, particularly in Afghanistan and areas where it will be getting cold.

"We feel it's important that the soldiers continue to know that we are thinking about them," Robinson said. "We want to be able to send them something to make their time over there a little easier."

Roberts Ribbon Reapers has 75 blankets complete now, and Robinson said she anticipates the group will have at least 100 finished to send overseas by Nov. 4, the day the blankets will be mailed.

Roberts Ribbon Reapers hasn't just been working with the library to create these blankets and hats. Robinson said the group has been working with nine other area 4-H clubs: Lone Pine, Baldwin Wide Awake, Double Good, Golden Fireballs, Pine Lakers, Glen Hills, Dry Run Go Getters, North Country and Riverside clubs are all participating in the blanket and hat project.

Robinson said these 4-H clubs compete so much, it is good for them to be able to cooperate on a project.

"It was a nice way to work together with some of the other clubs," Robinson said. "Part of the overall goal was to work together on a longer project."

The blankets, Robinson said, are made of fleece, and the caps are knitted or crocheted.

The blankets and hats are being mailed out on Nov. 4. Robinson said Roberts Ribbon Reapers is now collecting the blankets and hats made by the other participating 4-H clubs and looking for names of area soldiers overseas who might want blankets or hats.

For more information, contact Robinson at robertsribbon

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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