Charlotte County Woman Finishes Knitting 1,000th Sweater For Needy
Cullen, Va- It's been almost 9 years to the day. Anna Taylor started knitting her first sweater for children in need on February 21st, 2006.
Friday, she's ready to send out her last shipment of 100 sweaters -- a part of her one thousand sweater goal.
Our crews were there two years ago when Anna Taylor was in the mid-seven hundreds. Since then she's worked hundreds of hours a month to be sure she sees that one thousandth sweater done.
"If I can make a thousand before I leave here, I'll be one happy Jack," said Anna Taylor in 2013.
And she did. It's been 9 years since 87-year old Anna Taylor answered an ad in Guidepost Magazine. The ad called for knitters to make sweaters for needy children all over the world.
"I sleep better at night, knowing I've helped the little kids," said Taylor.
She's knitted vigorously for 9 years to finish one thousand sweaters the goal she set for herself.
"Thank God, with his help, I've done it," said Taylor.
Normally sent in shipments of 25, the last shipment of one hundred will complete the total. For each batch, Taylor receives a thank-you card with pictures of children wearing the sweaters.
"I just look to see if they have one of mine, but I haven't yet," said Taylor.
And now that she's done, she says it's bittersweet.
"I didn't know how long I would be here or how long I would be able," said Taylor.
And she hopes someone else will pick up the needles and follow her example.
"This is just a drop in the bucket, what I've done, to what the need is," said Taylor.
Anna Taylor says she has to thank all the family, friends, and even strangers who've supplied her with yarn over the years and paid for her postage.
She says for now, she's going to take a break from knitting -- read some books and clean house!