LINCOLN — Knitting groups will have the chance to help area veterans keep warm this winter.

“Knit Your Bit,” a movement that was started during World War II to send hand-stitched items to soldiers in the field, is moving a little closer to home. Ruth Heer, a Blair, Neb., resident, is heading a local chapter of the national campaign and plans to donate the items to area veterans groups.

Heer, a member of a retired Air Force family, leads a World War II study group and stumbled across the campaign while doing research for book ideas.

“I found the 'Knit Your Bit' on the National World War II Museum website and was instantly connected,” she said. “I'm knitting one now for a 96-year-old B-17 vet that flew out of England in World War II.”

The campaign based out of New Orleans was launched in 2006 and has collected and donated more than 20,000 scarves from donors nationwide, according to the website.

“Knit Your Bit” events will be held in the Omaha area, including one at the Blair Public Library. Gayle Roberts, director of the library, said she is excited to get local knitting and crocheting groups involved.

“I think it will be fun,” she said. “We have some knitting and crocheting groups in town and when we've talked to people about it, everyone has been really excited about it.”

Many local veterans and library patrons will be attending the event as well, Roberts said.

The first of the “Knit Your Bit” events will be held at the Millard Library on Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. with a second event at the Blair Public Library on Feb. 21 at 1 p.m.

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