Utah teacher preparing gift for widows in Iraq

Utah teacher preparing gift for widows in Iraq

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A Brighton High School teacher is preparing a late Christmas present for people in need in Iraq.

During a "Hugs for Healing" tea party in October, Jan Moncur met with a group of widows from Iraq who wanted to become pen pals and send gifts.

Moncur wanted to make them something as well.

"I opened up a drawer the next day and just had tons of skeins of yarn, and thought: You know what? I could knit scarves," Moncur said.

She says she can make between two and three scarves a day, so she set a goal to make 100 scarves by herself to bring to the group of Iraqi widows.

Moncur has had to increase that number, though because word has spread. She put a notice on SugarDoodle.net and has over 400 scarves now, donated from people all over the country.

"There have been some cute ladies at rest homes that have been knitting. One little girl who is struggling with cancer and is in a rest home, and she has been knitting scarves," Moncur said.

She says a shipment of 45 scarves from North Carolina is ready for delivery.

Moncur also received over 30 scarves knitted by her student body officers -- even the boys.

"People have heard about it and donated, and students that I don't even teach heard about it and have been doing it and donating," Moncur said.

Her new goal is to have 1,000 scarves when she delivers the scarves to Iraq in February.

E-mail: pnelson@ksl.com

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