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Stitches from the Heart is looking for knitters, crocheters and quilters to help provide items for needy babies and children, according to a letter from Kathy Silverton, president and co-founder with Shane Silverton, secretary-treasurer.

The non-profit organization sends handmade clothing and blankets to premature babies through hospitals around the country.

The group also has a program that helps seniors participate by donating yarn and supplies. SFH offers crochet and knitting patterns, too.

Many thousands of handcrafted sweaters, blankets, hats and booties have been sent to more than 1,000 hospitals and charities nationwide, Kathy said.

She started making items for needy babies more than four years ago when she found out many come home from the hospital with little or nothing to wear.

She told others about her project and with the publication of a newspaper article, she soon found thousands of others who wanted to help. The website said there are more than 12,000 volunteers who purchase their own supplies.

Financial donations may be made in place of time, the website www.stitchesfromtheheart.org notes.

Contributions may be sent to Stitches from the Heart, 4572 Telephone Road, No. 909, Ventura, CA 93003, or call 877-985-9212 toll free.

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All hands on deck: All former ship's company, Marines, air group personnel, officers and enlisted, who served aboard the U.S.S. Tarawa CV-CVA-CVS-40 and similar personnel, current or veterans of the U.S.S. Tarawa LHA-1 are eligible for membership in the U.S.S. Tarawa Veterans' Association.

The group will host its 2second annual reunion April 28-May 1 in Baltimore, Md.

More details are available from Cliff Gardner, association president, cliffordgardner.1@verizon.net or 401-539-1149; or Walter Tothero, membership-treasurer, walsue@accelplus.net or 765-362-6937.

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Have an extra card left over from sending greetings of the season to friends and family? Consider taking just one of those cards and addressing it to: A Recovering American Soldier, c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20307-5001.

Gloria Hennessey e-mailed, "If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these wonderful, special people who have sacrificed so much would get?"

Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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