Donna Winkler, an American Red Cross volunteer who works with the Services to Armed Forces program, has gone above and beyond her call of duty. In March of 2014, Donna initiated the Operation 3 Square program which provides a simple act of kindness to our military veterans. The program calls upon volunteers who have a passion for knitting or crocheting, to stitch individual six-inch squares. Individually and in groups, the crafters create lap robes all made with smooth worsted yarn and machine washable. These gifts are then hand delivered to local veterans via V.A. hospitals, nursing homes and fraternal organizations.
People send in pre-knitted (or crocheted) squares, then another group of dedicated volunteers knit or crochet combine the squares into 48 inch by 52 inch lap robes. One square always depicts a cross in red yard on a white background.
“They are all made by volunteers,” Donna explains. “That’s what makes them so special.”
Operation 3 Square is picking up steam. Starting with only three people, Donna has expanded her program into a state-wide phenomenon fueled by almost 25 volunteer knitters. Some volunteers contribute regularly, others sporadically. But all, says Donna, are appreciated. To date, more than 30 lap robes have been donated to veterans across the state.
“Donations of any kind are welcome,” says Donna. “Even donations of yarn to make squares are acceptable, so people who aren’t gifted with knitting skills can still contribute. Most recipients of the hand-crafted items are male, so the color of yarn should be considered,” she adds.
Knitters of all levels are welcome to contribute to Operation 3 Squares. Contact Donna Winkler at firstname.lastname@example.org.