Sym­bols of Love

More of Our Canada - - In Your Words - Phyl­lis Grav­elle, Tren­ton, Ont.

I am a long-time sub­scriber to Our Canada and More of Our Canada and en­joy them both. I was thrilled when I re­ceived my latest copy and saw the Cause for Ap­plause se­lec­tion, “Izzy’s Story” (Au­gust-septem­ber 2017). I was even hap­pier when I rec­og­nized a cou­ple of the dolls that the chil­dren were hold­ing as ones I had knit. The story of Izzy’s Dolls is one I be­lieve that was long over­due in telling. Not enough Cana­di­ans are aware of this won­der­ful or­ga­ni­za­tion and the hap­pi­ness these dolls bring to chil­dren around the world. I be­gan knit­ting these dolls about ten years ago when they were first sent to Afghanistan to our sol­diers there and have con­tin­ued to this day. As an RCAF veteran, I keep telling any­one who will lis­ten about this story. I am in my 80s and knit ev­ery chance I get—so far, I have knit 2,800 dolls and will con­tinue as long as my health per­mits and the need re­mains.

The Cana­dian Mil­i­tary En­gi­neer­ing Izzy Doll Project con­tin­ues to be a jour­ney of love.

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