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When one person acts alone, a little gets accomplished. But when people work together, the impact is larger, the benefit more widespread. The Red Thread Project (, founded by artist Lindsay Obermeyer, is a perfect example of this positive exponential effect. Here's how it works: Kids and adults knit hats of all kinds, for all shapes and sizes, and they drop off these hats at any number of locations, including Knitty Couture (6148 Delmar Boulevard; 314-727-6500 or, which is also a good place to take a class if you don't know how to knit. The hats are then gathered at the St. Louis Artists' Guild (2 Oak Knoll Park, Clayton; 314-727-6266 or to be affixed to a single, half-mile-long red thread. Once that's done, folks (such as yourselves) gather at the guild at 1 p.m. on Sunday, September 27, to participate in the Dance of Hats, during which everyone dons one of the donated, now-interconnected hats, highlighting this sense of togetherness and community. After the dance the hats will be on display at the guild for a while (until Friday, November 6) and then they will be donated to Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children's Hospital and Friends of Kids with Cancer. And so the love — and the bond — is passed on.
Sun., Sept. 27, 2009

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