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World War II vet finds a way to give back during quarantine by weaving hats

With just a hook, a loom, some yarn, and lots of patience, Tom Cornish has been able to weave 400 hats for people in need.

Cornish, 96, resides in a senior living complex in Champlin, Minnesota, and because of the pandemic, he spent much of the last year staying inside. The World War II veteran found that weaving was a good way to pass the time, and he made it his goal to finish one hat a day. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Cornish has made 400 hats, donating them to the Salvation Army.

"If someone needs something, give it to them," he told KARE 11. "Volunteering does something to a person. You're working for others." Cornish said some people have asked to buy his hats, but he's just focusing on giving them away. He has also taught some of his neighbors how to weave, and one woman has since made more than 35 hats to donate.

Cornish has a history of volunteering, giving his time over the years to organizations around Minnesota. His son, Jerry Cornish, told KARE 11 that "this is how he got to be 96 years old, because he's helping everybody else. Everybody's more important than he is, in his mind." Catherine Garcia