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World War II veteran warming heads, hearts for holidays

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Imagine living on the streets in this winter weather. One veteran is on a mission to warm heads and hearts this Christmas.

“I just throw colors in there and it winds up pretty good sometimes,” says Raymond Ogle.

He’s 94 years old, but he keeps himself busy. It’s apparent if you look at the shelves in his apartment.

“Everybody's tired of hats I think,” he jokes with a smile.

He's gotten so good at knitting he can make an entire hat in three hours. But this hasn't always been his hobby. About two and a half years ago, Raymond lost his wife.

“My wife died of cancer, daughter too,” he says.

So he started making these hats giving them to cancer patients. Then, he had another thought: what about the homeless?

“After you see them on the streets you can see that they need something,” he says.

No one knows about cold better than Raymond. He's a WWII Army veteran and fought in the Battle of the Bulge in Germany.

“It was cold yeah,” he says.

In fact, it was bitterly cold. Soldiers spent 29 days in subfreezing temperatures. So now, Raymond’s donated 60 of these hats to Blessings Under the Bridge. And he'll continue to make these hats as long as his shelves can hold them.

“I got room yet,” Raymond says.

After all, there’s always room in a big heart.

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