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96-Year-Old WWII Veteran Knits Hundreds of Hats for the Salvation Army

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Tom Cornish from Champlin, Minnesota, was a 96 -year -old in the Navy during World War II and came home to raise five children with his wife Lorraine. When she passed away, she remarried, and she and her husband Marvel volunteered a large part of their lives.

By then Marvel was gone, and in a life full of service, you’d think Cornish had gotten a break – but he was committed to keeping coming back until he could no longer.

As Cornish began knitting decades ago, last year when it started to shut down, her son sent her a knitting kit to make hats using a loom. He tried it and hasn’t looked back since.

“There are people here who want me to sell them to them, but I won’t,” he said KARE. “I’m giving them to the Salvation Army.”

In fact, he has made 400 hats so far and has no plans to stop anytime soon. He wanted to eventually do baby hat also and took in many students in his complex.

“That one woman, she made over 35 hats,” he said, referring to one of his students.

He has two driving forces: To serve God by his work, and to defeat Army.

“You have to stay ahead of the Army,” he said, laughing.

He gets at least one hat done in a day and regularly takes a break to read from his bible, which he sits next to.

“I feel like I’m working for the Lord, and that feels good,” he said.

“Other people are getting something out of my making,” he added, explaining CNN why he sits and makes hats every day. “It’s better than playing cards or looking out the window.

“Volunteering does something for one person. You work for others,” he told KARE.

“This is how he turned 96, because he helps everyone,” Cornish’s son Jerry said. “Everything is more important than him, in his mind.”

The Cornish philosophy is simple: “If a person needs something, give it to them.”

And when asked how long she plans to continue knitting hats for those in need, her answer was equally simple and heartfelt: “until I breathe.”

This article originally appeared on The Western Journal.



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