Bedford Co., VA - Local knitters are using their skills to help keep children living in some of the worst poverty in America warm this winter.
Dianne Nichols started a project called Warm Heads for Pine Ridge. Nichols and her knitting friends are making hats and other items for the children living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. They've knit more than 100 hats so far.
"It warms my heart to think that kids are going to go to school, maybe with a warm hat on, or maybe a warm pair of socks, or a warm pair of gloves or something," said Nichols. "You and I wake up in the morning and wonder which shirt we're going to put on. They wake up and wonder, do I have a shirt to put on?"
If you have new cold weather items you'd like to donate for the children on the reservation, you can drop them off at The Whistle Stop in Lowry and Safe Harbor Community Church in Bedford.
The items can be hand-made or store bought. They'll be delivered to the reservation next month.