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A group of Marines each wears a beanie made by Vera Robbins. The Milton-Freewater woman recently crocheted her 1,000th beanie. Robbins started making and shipping beanies to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq in 2004.

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Beanies warm heads of US troops

Since 2004, Vera Robbins has crocheted more than 1,000 beanies, which have been sent off in batches of 40 to Iraq and Afghanistan.

MILTON-FREEWATER - It takes Vera Robbins about two hours to crochet a beanie, something a machine could do in a matter of minutes.But those machine-made beanies would lack a key element to the beanies Robbins gives to U.S. troops to keep their heads warm


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