Wool is the best fiber for protecting our troops because it is
(1) warmer than synthetic fibers,
(2) it wicks away moisture when wet, and (3) wool and is non-flammable
characteristics important to protecting our troops.
Wool, a worsted 100% wool yarn, works beautifully for the
helmetliners. Lion Wool colors #820-153
Ebony, #820-125 Cocoa,
and #820-149 Pearl Gray are allowed by the Armed Forces.
For knit, crochet, and machine-knit helmetliner patterns,
please click to visit the Operation
Helmetliner website. You can also
crochet scarves to keep our soldiers warm.
You may ship completed helmetliners and scarves to Operation
Helmetliner, P.O. Box 236, Auburn, IL 62615.
So, in April 2005, Linda began to write articles for
inform knitters of our troops' need
for helmetliners. She also formed Operation Helmetliner, a
to coordinate receiving and shipping to our Armed Forces who are
serving in war
zones. When I read about the need for helmetliners, I remembered that
my mother had knit
them during World War I -- so I began knitting
for our troops, told my local knitting guild about the need, and
became involved in Operation Helmetliner.
As a result of volunteers throughout the U.S. knitting and
crocheting these 100% soft wool
helmetliners, Operation Helmetliner has shipped 14,000 helmet-liners
and a total
of 45,000 pieces of cold and hot weather gear since it began three
years ago. 100% of all donations go for the benefit of our troops
including paying the postage to ship the
"Genuine, Home-Issued Gear."
Linda reports that entire battalions are asking for these wool
helmetliners and scarves for this
winter. There are soldiers in the mountains of Afghanistan who are
already experiencing extremely cold weather.
Linda and her husband, Bob, will continue Operation
Helmetliner for as long as our Armed Forces are
deployed in war zones. Not only does our "Genuine, Home-Issued Gear"
help them physically withstand the harsh
weather conditions, but it lets them know that folks back home care
about them and that
they are not forgotten.
are just some of the comments from the troops:
"I just wanted to
take a minute to thank you for all of the hard work your group has done
to make us a little more comfortable here; if just being thought of by
total strangers isn't enough to keep us warm this winter I'm sure the
helmetliners will be."
"Thank you for
sending us helmetliners. We deeply appreciate your support of the
troops! The weather is hot here right now, but only for a couple more
months. Soon we will get the change to put your "Genuine Home-Issued"
Gear to the test! Thank you so much for thinking of us every day!"
"On behalf of
the soldiers, I wish to extend a heart-felt thank you for the generous
gifts of neck-coolers and wool helmetliners. They are awesome. Many
soldiers in the unit made use of them. I can only imagine the time and
effort it took to hand make all of them."
If you would like to read more customer charity
stories, please click here.
Please join us next week for more ways to support our
soldiers and veterans, when Michelle Edwards writes about
"knitting your bit" for Veteran's Day.