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Charlotte women turn hobby into a mission

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CHARLOTTE--A group Charlotte women turned their hobby into a mission.

They make up their church's outreach ministry called Blankets For Recovery. Every few months, the blankets they've made by hand are blessed and sent to service men and women struggling with recovery.

"I hope someone who is hurting will find comfort in the blankets we provide," said Emma Jo McGee. She said she started crocheting just as hobby, but over the last six years that hobby has turned into something more, with the help of a group of women from her church.

"This was something we could do. So I came to our church, and we're very big on outreach here at Memorial," said McGee.

Eight women from Memorial United Methodist Church in Charlotte, and Mcgee's 8-year-old grandson, Mac Barnes, formed Blankets For Recovery. They sew, knit and crochet blankets by hand and send them off to wounded warriors of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"These are heroes, and we need to support them," said McGee.

A Navy veteran herself, McGee says their hands never stop. The group has sent more than 600 red white and blue blankets in six years to soldiers all over the world who are struggling.

"All the issues with just recovering, trying to lead a normal life, because there is no normal after war," said McGee.

At Sunday's service, more blankets are blessed before they're shipped off to Fort Bragg, where their makers hope they'll give some comfort.

"And know that even people far away care about the sacrifices that those people have made," said McGee.

And to watch over many of them who continue to serve our country.

Blankets For Recovery always welcomes donations of red, white and blue acrylic yarn and 100 percent cotton fabric.

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