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*Operation C.A.R.E.S. for Kids Stands for : Crocheted Afghans Reaching Extra Special Kids

*Our Purpose : To provide the children of Anne Arundel County and Baltimore County Foster Care programs with a handmade crocheted afghan (lovingly called "woobies") when they enter the system.

Operation C.A.R.E.S. for Kids originated as a group of bored Moms who were waiting for their children during church programs who decided they wanted to learn to crochet. After one year and several 4-week teaching sessions, we are 22 members strong and continuously growing. The wonderful group of ladies is now known as the "Harundale Happy Hookers". Yes, as our Pastor once said, "We hook for Jesus!" He truly has a great sense of humor! Realizing we were having way too much fun, my 16-year-old daughter and I decided we needed to start a mission project. After much discussion, this great little group was formed.

Operation C.A.R.E.S. for Kids donates handmade crocheted (and some knitted) afghans known as woobies to the Anne Arundel County and Baltimore County Foster Care programs.

"Spiritually supported by family, friends, and the congregation of Harundale Presbyterian Church."

* On Thursday, June 1, 2006 15 hat and tiny blanket sets were sent to Anne Arundel Medical Center.

* On March 8th, 2006, 13 blankets went to Sarah's House.

* In February, 2006 a donation went to Anne Arundel Medical Center consisting of 5 baby blankets, 4 preemie hat/blanket sets, 9 infant/preemie hats, and three larger baby hats. (pictures coming soon!)

* On February 19th, 2006, 11 blankets were donated to Eutaw Oncology.

* On November 2, 2005, a one-time donation of 17 AFGHANS was made to the Transplant Resource Center in Baltimore, Maryland. The "woobies" will be given to family members who have a HERO who has donated organs.

This article is from the Maryland Gazette

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