Helen Munson volunteers a lot. And it does not take her long to say yes when someone asks for help. But on this occasion, Munson had to think for a moment.
The request involved helping families who had lost a child. But once she recognized she could provide some comfort, Helen said yes. It’s a decision she does not regret.
Munson knits blankets for families who have lost a newborn. To date, she has knitted 329 of them, donating her work to both hospitals. Munson does the knitting and her church, Prince of Peace Lutheran in La Crescent, donates the yarn.
As many Jefferson winners, Munson wanted to keep her volunteer work quiet. But someone told a local newspaper, more people found out, and now Munson has earned a Jefferson Award for her efforts.
You can see Munson’s story from photographer Mark Bronson and reporter Dave Solie.