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Hayden women put heart into holiday season

A group of eight women composing the Friends of the Hayden Library group have spent the past several months crafting gifts to pass out to worthy community members.

HAYDEN — A group of crafty Hayden women are giving back to their fellow residents during the holiday season.

There are eight women who compose the Friends of the Hayden Library group, and their efforts are paying off in the form of gratitude from the community.

In October, they began knitting, blending and packaging handmade items to go into 47 gift bags for people they thought were deserving.

"We had no idea what was going into a bag and then it just came together," library group member Suzi Clausen said.

The recipients of the bags will include respected town elders and those who might not have family around during the holidays.

The contents of one of the bags included Russian tea in a Mason jar, a felt neck warmer, a colorful knitted pot holder, a sheep bookmark, "elf kisses" candies, a humorous book called "Keeping Hearth & Home in Old Colorado," miniature blank gift cards in a custom paper box and a knitted sheep magnet.

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The group bought all the supplies and met at the library to put them together.

"The fun was laughing and sitting with the group and seeing how much more talented everyone is than me," Sue Reed said.

The group was composed of Clausen, Reed, Shirley Gossert, Linda Signs, Sarann Fritts, Karen Simon, Kimberly Downs and Celeste Mackey.

"These just are amazing women that inspire all of us," Hayden Library Director Ana Lash said.

The women's group will be hand delivering the bags this week.

On Tuesday, they handed one to Hayden native Judy Hockett, who has a wooden bench inside of the library to memorialize her father Ralph Dunckley.

Hockett was just stopping by the library to pick up books when she was greeted and then handed the bag.

"It's wonderful," she said.

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