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Credit union gathers wooly wear to warm kids

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By Cindy Simpson

It was four years ago when Enrichment Federal Credit Union in Kingston began collecting gloves, scarves and hats for needy Roane County children.

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“It keeps getting bigger and bigger,” said manager Becky Woody.

The credit union collected more than 1,200 items in 2011. And collections are well under way this year.

Late last week, items piled along multiple tables ranged from simple mittens to handcrafted items.

Enrichment staff members will add to the collection by purchasing additional wintery items.

Containers filled with the knitted and crocheted items will be given to Roane County Schools so they can be distributed to those in need before the schools close for holiday break.

Woody said the tubs they use are always stuffed, but she sees this program continuing to grow.

“We are going to be excited when we can give them two tubs or three tubs or whatever or maybe even bring another group in,” Woody said.

In the program’s first year, the wooly wear collected was given to the two most needy elementary schools.

“It didn’t take us long to figure out we could do all the elementary schools,” Woody said. “The next year, we did everyone.”