Eleven-year-old Calvin Brooks of Poultney was inspired by the work of a group of handcrafters at the Castleton Community Center. The crafters are knitting washable wool helmet liners for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Knitters Network led by member Judy Boss have made over 750 helmet liners and shipped 466 to men and women on active duty overseas. Brooks knew the women needed help raising funds to cover the cost of the wool and the shipping, so he stepped up and took on a leadership role.
Brooks put collection cans in Shaw's Supermarket and other stores in the Poultney and Castleton areas, talked about the project at his school, and raised over $170 to help in the effort to support American troops overseas.
The public is invited to get involved; if you are interested in knitting or donating to the helmet liner project, contact the Castleton Community Center at 468-3093.