Kent pair join forces to provide warm hats for the homeless

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by ZAHID ARAB / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 3, 2013 at 6:58 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 5 at 5:35 PM

Two complete strangers in Kent are connected by a common passion to help the homeless.

Carey Fuller, a homeless mother, and Andy Johnson have teamed up for the Seattle-based non-profit  Homeless Beanies.

The organization sells Fuller's hand-knitted hats online.  Every time one is sold, a beanie is donated to the homeless.

“Anyone can come out here and give them sandwiches and socks, but just taking the time to get to know them as human beings is more important,” said Fuller.

Fuller typically takes what she makes and pays it forward. She passes out food gift cards, hand warmers, clothing and other essentials to those that need it.

Aside from keeping the homeless warm, each beanie comes with messages to inspire those living on the street to break the pattern of poverty.

“You just see their faces light up,” said Johnson, the non-profit’s founder.

But handouts aren’t the goal. The hope is to train others to knit so they can earn an income and get off the streets like Fuller.

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