OGDEN -- Salvation Army volunteers and staff members were busy organizing fundraising and preparing to provide Christmas for needy families when some of Santa's helpers walked through the chapel doors.
Their donation was a table-top full of colorful handmade hats and scarves for those in need, made possible by the knitting club at the Golden Hours Senior Center in Ogden.
"I can't sit still, so I just keep busy," said Louise Kelley, a club member who helped deliver the offering.
Bob Geier, manager of Golden Hours Senior Center, describes Kelley as a "crocheting machine."
Most of the items created by the knitting club actually are crocheted.
"I love the satisfaction of making stuff for the homeless and hospital," said Sallie J. Tibbs, who oversees the club. "It's really fulfilling. Everything we can do makes a difference."
In addition to delivering the items to the Salvation Army, the club of about a dozen women also delivers similar prizes to area veterans, St. Anne's Center and the Ogden Rescue Mission.
In addition to scads of hats and scarves, the group makes afghans and throws for area veterans.
The club meets every Tuesday morning all year long with an eye toward the annual delivery of their wares.
The women in the club say they enjoy getting together to work on their projects.
But they also enjoy admiring one another's efforts.
"Ruth Hadley is 89 years old," Kelley said. "She comes in every Tuesday with -- you never know -- five or 10 hats."
The women, each wearing a scarf made especially for her by Hadley, also listed a handful of other friends who work tirelessly all year on the project.
Lt. Jan Pemberton, a corps officer at the Salvation Army, said the gifts from the club will be much appreciated by those who receive them.
"This is perfect, because we're giving out coats," she said. "They will be given out with the coats. ... This is such a blessing."
Geier said the women are kept busy year-round by the generous donations of yarn and supplies from people in the community.
"A lot of people know we do it, and they bring in bags of yarn," Kelley said.
Geier encourages anyone to bring unused yarn to the senior center, 650 25th St., for the club to turn into next year's hats and scarves.