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When soldiers in Iraq don their snug helmet liners in bitter weather, they can feel how much people back home care about them. Members of Twelfth Avenue Christian Reformed Church in Jenison, Mich., knitted 50 warm head coverings from washable wool yarn that draws away perspiration. They sent them to the three servicemen from the church, who also shared them with friends.

Military people like the headgear because it keeps them warmer than government-issued synthetics, said member Barbara Vredevoogd. The knitters enclosed a note with each helmet liner, stating that it was made with prayer. “I can imagine those boys thinking, ‘All those little grandmas were knitting these for us,’” said knitter Celia Droge.

The pattern for the liners is available at

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