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Woman sews hats to help keep homeless warm

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SPOKANE, Wash. -  Peggy Parker grew up sewing and it's been part of her life ever since.

"It's one of those fantastic opportunities to create something out of nothing," Parker says. But these days she creates for a greater purpose. "All little things add up to be something terrific in the end."

Her work began in late December after she watched an emotional interview with a young girl.

"She had seen a homeless person under the Howard St. bridge and on her Christmas list she said she wanted to feed the homeless person," Parker says. "That was touching to me and I said, 'What can I do to help?'"

Parker says the answer was obvious. "We were about to have some really cold weather, and I hate for my ears to get cold. So I thought hats would be great."

So she got to work on a small project. She first planned on only putting out 30 hats, but now she's nearing 200.

When the sewing's done, she packs her caps and heads downtown to decorate. "It's one of those things where you turn around and they're gone," Parker says.

She leaves the hats with nothing but a small tag, saying "if you need one, take one."

Parker says she hopes people will think about what they can do themselves, because 200 hats later she says she's learned her lesson.

"No act too small. It's important to the person who receives it."
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