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Schoolchildren in Garðabær knit woollen hats for refugees

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  • Hard at work Students in Sjálandsskóli elementary school in the Reykjavík suburb of Garðabær are knitting woollen hats for refugees. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

Students in Sjálandsskóli elementary school in the Reykjavík suburb of Garðabær have begun to put their handicraft skills to good use by knitting woollen hats for refugees. The initiative is called ‘Hlýjar hugsanir’ (Warm thoughts) and will continue until the 1st of December when the children’s handiwork will be shipped to Vienna, Austria, where volunteers will distribute the hats to those in need.

Silja Kristjánsdóttir, textile teacher at Sjálandsskóli school, told Morgunblaðið newspaper that the students are excited about the project - which also allows for an open and honest discussion about the crisis European countries face as migrants from the Middle East and Africa continue to enter the continent.  “The plan is to activate the parents as well; have them assist the children or provide the yarn needed. The response has been overwhelmingly positive,” she said. 

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