Grand Junction woman, family donate more than 100 knitted hats to kids in need

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A while back we told you about a Grand Junction woman collecting yarn to knit hats for kids in need.

Tuesday, Bre Keppler and her family donated them.

In just about three weeks, the family made more than 100 hats, some of which were donated. Kids at Tope Elementary, Appleton Elementary, West Middle School and Grand Junction High School got their delivery. The Interact Club at GJHS took the donations and will give them out with other supplies.

"I used to not have as much winter clothes, so I remember being donated some myself,” said Xiomara Ortiz, Interact Club GJHS. “I used to think it’s like, ‘oh we're pitying them,’ but it's just an amazing feeling knowing the community is giving back.”

“It just felt like we'd been getting stuff for each other for a while, and maybe it was time to give back to the community,” said James Keppler, who helped his mom knit and donate hats.

James Keppler, a freshman at GJHS helped knit the hats, a skill he picked up just for this. It became a full family affair with everyone helping.

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