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Warm heads, warmer hearts

Hats off to the Highland Ridge Crafty Knitting Group

As we enter the holiday season, we remember the gifts that bring true happiness to our lives: friends and family, joyful moments and generous acts of kindness. Kristina Gordon, Recreation Director at Highland Ridge, located in Williamsburg, IA, recently had the pleasure to join the Highland Ridge Crafty Thursday Knitting Group on their annual venture to distribute their hand-made winter hats to organizations around Iowa County. So far this year, the group has donated over 300 knit hats and 80 headbands to two local schools, the Williamsburg food bank and community center and the Iowa City VA hospital. 

Seeing the impact of their work, Kristina offered this message of gratitude in the campus newsletter:

“On behalf of Highland Ridge, Williamsburg and our surrounding community, I extend many thanks to all of the residents who have dedicated their time to making hats and headbands for their neighbors in need.”

“Your passion for volunteering and dedication to keeping as many as possible warm for the winter is clearly evident in the craftsmanship of your work and the integrity of your actions. Thank you for reflecting the love of God in Christ. As citizens of the world, we have a choice to fill our lives with love and service for others, or to reside in selfishness and negativity. The power of positivity is infinite and exponential!

“I’ll leave you with the inspirational words of writer and educator, William Arthur Ward. He writes of our potential to impact those around us. We never know exactly what others are going through at any given moment. Though they may not remember exactly what you’ve said, they will always remember how you’ve made them feel.”  

‘Real optimism is aware of problems, but recognizes solutions;
Knows about difficulties, but believes they can be overcome;
Sees the negative, but accentuates the positive;
Is exposed to the worst, but expects the best;
Has reason to complain, but chooses to smile.
Every person has the power to make others happy.
Some do it simply by entering a room;
others by leaving the room.
Some individuals leave trails of gloom;
others, trails of joy.
Some leave trails of hate and bitterness;
others, trails of love and harmony.
Some leave trails of cynicism and pessimism;
others trails of faith and optimism.
Some leave trails of criticism and resignation;
others trails of gratitude and hope.
What kind of trails do you leave?’

~ William Arthur Ward, 1921-1944

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