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Woodburn officers will distribute donated knitted hats to local children in need

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF WOODBURN - The Metropolitan Machine Knitters Guild has tasked the Woodburn Police Department with distributing hats to children in community.
The Metropolitan Machine Knitters Guild, a Portland nonprofit, has chosen the Woodburn Police Department as its recipient of knitted hats for children in the community.

On Oct. 5 officers received 111 knitted hats to distribute.

Nancy Taber and Carol Cranston from the Metropolital Machine Knitters Guild delivered the hats to the department. Taber lives in Woodburn and volunteers at the Woodburn Police Department. Her husband was a retired police officer, so she knows firsthand that officers encounter kids in need all the time.

"We just want to give back to the community," Taber said. "This is just the first batch and we will continue to give them hats over the course of the year."

Student Resource Officer Jorge Gaspar, along with Sgt. Keith Kimberlin, Officer Linda Hedrick and Officer Matt Stearns were on hand to receive the items.

"We will distribute to local families through the schools," Gaspar said. "This is just like the buddy bears. We will outfit each of our patrol cars with a supply of hats to distribute. Mount Angel and Silverton will also get some as well.

"We are very appreciative of the donation and they will go to good use," Gaspar continued.

Taber's nonprofit also makes lap robes for veterans at the VA Hospital and baby items to pregnancy resource centers.

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