‘Caps For Kids’ donates to Nevada County families in need | TheUnion.com

‘Caps For Kids’ donates to Nevada County families in need

Submitted by Tracy Zenor

For the past 30 years, Susanne Barger has organized "Caps for Kids" by knitting caps and finding others to join her who are passionate about donating knitted items to those in need.

More than 300 dedicated knitters in Nevada County have been a part of Caps for Kids.

Barger will be retiring from the project this winter season.

This year, however, Norman Lino, an 88-year-old veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars and retired lieutenant of 24 years, knitted most of the caps. Over the past 15 years Lino has knit thousands of caps for children. He says it takes him two days to knit a cap and he enjoys creating his own designs.

The project was sponsored by the Yarn Council of America in New York and has received knitted caps from all over the country. Over the years, Nevada County Scout troops helped tag every cap with each knitter's name.

Spanning three decades, the project has donated more than 50,000 hand-knit caps to local children's agencies including Sierra Nevada Children's Services, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Child Advocates of Nevada County, Salvation Army and Community Beyond Violence (formerly DVSAC). One year, caps were sent to a children's orphanage in Northern Russian through a local church.

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