96-Year-Old World War II Veteran Knits Hats, Has Donated Over 400 to Salvation Army

by Will Shepard
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A World War II veteran, Tom Cornish, is still making an impact many years after serving his nation. He is 96-years-old and is working to help the Salvation Army by making hats.

Cornish lives in a senior living community in Minnesota. He has a lot of spare time on his hands, though, because of the pandemic. He is using the spare time incredibly well and began knitting hats. So far, the World War II veteran has made 400 hats, all of which have gone to the Salvation Army.

His work is far from over, though, as his days are centering around the hats. He is knitting each of the hats by hand and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. In a recent interview, Cornish says that his inspiration comes from need. “Well, they need a lot of hats, and you got to have donors for that.”

Cornish Sharing His Knitting With the Salvation Army

Cornish, who is 96-years-old, was likely on the younger side of those who served. He served in the Navy during World War II. He and his wife were active in volunteer work almost as soon as they were reunited. Unfortunately, she passed away, but Cornish continued to give his time and effort back to his community.

When the pandemic began last year, one of Cornish’s daughter’s got him into knitting hats. He had a lot of experience knitting but hadn’t knitted hats before. This led him to create the hat operation and giving them to the Salvation Army.

The World War II veteran can knit about two hats per day. He likes it so much that he began introducing it to the other folks at his nursing home.

During the interview, he talks about what he enjoys most about knitting hats for the Salvation Army. He says, “other people are getting something out of my labor. It’s better than playing cards or looking out the window.”

This is purely good-hearted work for Cornish. Additionally, he says that there was never a thought about selling the hats.

Initially, the hats were meant to help people during the cold months ahead. But, as winter is wrapping up, Cornish is transitioning his knitting operation to suit the warming weather. So, he is going to start knitting baby hats, which are also going to the Salvation Army. He says that he wants to keep knitting until he passes away.

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