WWII Vet Knitted And Donated Over 400 Hats To Salvation Army, Vows To Continue “Until I Take My Last Breath”

Tom Cornish, 96, of Minnesota, picked up a new hobby during quarantine—knitting hats. The World War II veteran was given a hat knitting kit from his daughter toward the beginning of the 2020 pandemic and he got hooked.

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Knitting has now become part of his daily routine, and Cornish knitted over 400 hats last year. On a good day, he can knit up to two hats, and he has passed on the passion for knitting, teaching residents and staff at Champlin Shores senior living, where he resides, how to knit as well. 

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He proudly served in the Navy, and came home and raised five children. He and his late wife, Marvel, were active volunteers within their community. Cornish views his knitting hobby as his way of giving back, and he donates each and every handcrafted hat to his local Salvation Army.

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“Well they need a lot of hats and you got to have donors for that… other people are getting something out of my labor. It’s better than playing cards or looking out the window.”

Tom Cornish

Cornish’s next challenge? He intends to learn how to knit baby hats and donate those as well. Cornish vows to keep knitting, “Until I take my last breath.”


Written by Abigale Racine