Grandma knits for Wounded Warrior Project

Mothers' Union knits balaclavas for Afghanistan troops (Thinkstock/Stocktrek)

A grandma from Milwaukee has used her crafty skills to help raise money to help injured service members.

Ginny Gallauer,84, from Oconomowoc has been knitting for the soldiers and donating all of her craft sales to the Wounded Warrior Project.

The widow of a former Marine told that she spends much of her time knitting, mostly making dish cloths.

Over the past two and a half years she has been selling her handmade items and has amassed almost$8,000 (£5,108) in donations.

She told the site: "Most of us housewives, we don't get a chance to do anything for the soldiers and when they realise that all the money goes to the soldier, everybody, in my opinion, wins."

The Wounded Warrior Project was first set up a decade ago by a group of veterans and friends as troops began to return home from fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It aims to help those who have received injuries on the tour of duty.

Ms Gallauer's two grandsons have both served overseas. One was nearly killed by a suicide bomb in Iraq, prompting her to do her bit to help those returning home.

She explained: "Once you're a wounded warrior you're always a wounded warrior. You don't just change and suddenly you're not so, they have a whole different way of looking at it."

Ms Gallauer admitted to being unsure whether people would actually buy her knitted dish cloths, but they are selling well at markets and shops throughout the town.

The grandmother said that many people will donate extra money as they believe in the cause and after knitters in the local community heard about the project they decided to start making more dish cloths to be sold.

She added: "It's a wonderful thing we're able to send them this money. I don't think they'd run out of money or anything and I'm sure they have other sources that are really more exciting. However, this reminds everybody the Wounded Warriors are still actively helping our boys and girls and I think it's just working out so well. I'm very proud of it."

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