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More than 300 hats, mittens and scarves are ready for distribution to those who need them through the food shelves served by the Food Resource Center. The items were all hand-knitted as part of the "Hats from the Heart" project, which was the brainchild of HHS freshman Brooke Brokaw. Pictured from left are Annette Rud, United Way resource development manager; Brooke Brokaw; and Linda Lia, United Way operations and marketing manager. Photo by Meg Heaton

Teen spearheads effort to keep kids warm

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Brooke Brokaw, a Hudson High School freshman, found a way to turn a favorite hobby into a community service project.

Through Brokaw's project "Hats from the Heart," children in St. Croix and Pierce counties who need the items will get hand-knitted hats, mittens and scarves.

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