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When Quebecer Danielle Letourneau noticed that people were paranoid about welcoming Syrian refugees into Canada following the Paris attacks, she grabbed her needles and began furiously knitting.

Now, knitting needles may not seem like the most obvious weapons of choice for fighting racism, but Letourneau has found a novel way to make it work. In late November 2015, she started a Facebook group called “25,000 tuques,” with the goal of getting people to knit 25,000 hats for Canada’s newest arrivals: Syrian refugees.

“We knit against fear and against racism,” Letourneau told AJ+. “It just gives a way for normal people to express that they’re not against people coming in when there’s a war, an emergency.”

The group now has more than 11,000 members. And, while it was initially created as a Quebec initiative, smaller groups advocating for the same goal have since sprung up all over Canada.

“It’s a symbol,” say the Red Cross workers charged with handing them out, “of the best of this nation.”

Want in on this beautiful idea? Make a donation at one of the #25000tuques drop-off locations across Canada.

 

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