Texas women crochet for troops

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While serving overseas many soldiers look forward to gifts from family and friends to help keep morale high and provide them with essential items.

Out in Iraq and Afghanistan temperatures can drop significantly at night meaning troops have to cover up to in order to stay warm after dark.

This is where women in the retirement community of Buckner Villas, Austin, Texas have stepped in to do their bit by crocheting woollen items to ensure they are cosy and comfortable while serving abroad.

In the past two years the project named Operation Gratitude has made close to 1,000 scarves for soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq and by September they hope to make a further 500.

Many of the women have family who are serving or who have worked in the armed forces, meaning it is a cause very close to their hearts.

Group member Julia Treadway told Austin.ynn: "I can't do a lot of things for them, and you want to do something for them because they're giving their lives for us."

She went on to say that everyone involved was keen for the troops to know how much they cared and that people back home are thinking about them.

Ms Treadway explained: "We're just like one big family here. Everybody's friendly, everybody looks out for everybody else. But in the back of their minds, they're thinking about where these scarves will end up."

The group aim to show the soldiers their gratitude by sending the lovingly-made hand-crocheted scarves to the front line along with heartfelt messages.

So far this year more than 400 scarves have been sent to Afghanistan and Iraq, each of which has been very well received by the troops.

The non-profit group prides itself on sending care packages to service men and women around the globe and will be adding its latest batch of scarves to the cargo being shipped out later this year.

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