Salem woman crochets 14,000 ft chain for charity

War veteran reveals new passion for crochet (thinkstock)

We all know that making crafty items can be a brilliant way to fundraise, but how many of us would set their sights on crocheting a 14,000 ft chain?

Sandi Allen from Salem, US, who lives on disability benefits and relies on food banks, has long been light fingered and creative with wool.

But, after realising how vital such food boxes are to the community, she decided to give something back and repay its generosity, the Statesman Journal reports.

She chose to crochet an enormous woollen chain, which would stretch to 14,000 feet, a figure which represents the number of children who eat from emergency food boxes every month in Marion and Polk counties.

Ms Allen told the publication that she hoped the community would sponsor each foot for $5, so that the food bank can receive a large charitable donation.

In little over a week she has already hooked nearly 2,000 ft and estimates that she can create an impressive 800 to 900 feet per day.

The 57-year-old hopes to have finished the project by November 19th, just in time to feed families for Thanksgiving.

"If I reach my goal - creating a 14,000-foot-long chain and collecting $5 per foot – I will have raised $70,000 for the food share and families in our community will benefit," she said.

She's almost used up all of her own yarn though, and is hoping that local people will be able to donate more so that she can finish the chain.

"After I reach my goal, I will donate all of the chain yarn to folks who make hats and scarves for the homeless, so once we've helped feed the children, we'll help keep people warm too," Ms Allen added.

This echoes similar projects in the UK, where enormous scarves have been constructed and could be a great way to celebrate this year's Wool Week.

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