Havelock knitting group gives gifts to deploying Marines

Published: Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 04:57 PM.

Hand-knitted, camouflaged afghans from Havelock are headed to Afghanistan with 21 Marines bound for the war-torn country.

Dean Roberts, a member of the Tuesday knitting group at the Havelock Senior Center, said the idea came to the group from Emily Paley, a Havelock High School teacher with a Marine husband scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan next week.

"She wanted to know if she furnished the yarn, would we make all of them an afghan, so it would be something from home," Roberts said of Paley.

With camouflaged yarn shipped from Maine by Paley’s mother, Rebecca Laffey, the Havelock knitters went to work.

"It’s taken us about six weeks to do this," Roberts said. "We had to work really fast to get that many done. They’ll have them to take with them when they’re there. She ordered camouflaged colors; then we ran out so we got whatever color that we could get."

The group made 22, which is just enough for the 21 members of Camp Lejeune’s 2nd Law Enforcement Battalion for which Paley’s husband, Gunnery Sgt. Fred Paley, is responsible. Overall, about 300 members of the battalion are scheduled to deploy in April.

"This is the first time he’s been gone and been in charge of everybody because he’s going to be the provost sergeant of a lot of young kids and some women, so with the ladies that knit here I thought we could do something and we came up with afghans and we said good — afghans for Afghanistan," Emily Paley said. "His troops are excited. It brings a little bit of home to them."

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