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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Service people appreciate gifts of slippers from Minnesota

Years ago a knitting group started in Laporte, of which I was a member. Out of that group came contacts with Bemidji women who had knitted slippers for soldiers for years. Now that we have moved from that great area of northwestern Minnesota, I find the need to thank the many people at the American Legions and VFW Auxiliaries, the people who donated yarn and those who then knitted slippers to send to our deployed military.

I have a son, now deployed, who had 170 pairs of slippers sent by request to his fellow airmen and airwomen deployed out of Colorado Springs, Colo. Before that he had been at Minneapolis-St. Paul Air Base, and these same ladies sent slippers for those deployed out of that site. Now in deployment, he is starting to make wellness visits to the people at his base. He takes slippers with on those visits. Faces light up when the person sees what has been made for them by our Minnesota people.

I want to thank all those who send to our sons and daughters in similar situations. Know you are appreciated by those on the receiving end as well as those of us families who remain in our homes in Minnesota. You are appreciated more than you know.

Mary Pierce, New Prague, Minn. (former Bemidji area resident)