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Heartland woman spreads Christmas cheer to children in foster homes

Hilda "Grandma" Green" hands out her homemade mittens to children in foster homes at the Stoddard County Foster Family Christmas Party in Dexter, Mo. on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014. Hilda "Grandma" Green" hands out her homemade mittens to children in foster homes at the Stoddard County Foster Family Christmas Party in Dexter, Mo. on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.
DEXTER, MO (KFVS) - The Stoddard County Foster Family Christmas Party takes nothing short of a Christmas miracle to pull off.

"We have 150 people that work, volunteer," organizer Janet Moore said. "It's a good thing to have a church on every corner because we use all of them."

Four Dexter churches transform their halls into Christmas wonderlands for about 150 kids in foster care and 60 families.

They have games and presents for the kids, supplies for around the house for the parents, and plenty of Christmas cheer. All of it donated in the spirit of the season.

“We have people that are just absolutely generous," Moore said.

People give what they can.

For Hilda Green, or Grandma Green as she's known around town, that is her homemade mittens.

“Mittens? I've made 91 but another 5,6,7 this week," Green said.

It is a tall order that takes months to complete. But don't think each isn't specially made with love and care.

"When I get a pair done, I think that's pretty cute and some kids going to like that."

At 93 years old Grandma Green makes sure her work is done in time for the kids to arrive.

"I like to see the children's faces," Green said.

Even if it that means working hurt. Green broke her arm this year but that did not slow her down.

“I didn't know I broke it and I had it for two days and my daughter said you're going to the doctor," Green said.

A mother of three and grandmother and great-grandmother to 13, Green says it is the children outside her family have a special place in her heart.

"My mother was a foster parent. I know some of the children she had there needed special care."

Grandma Green say she will continue to knit in hopes her mittens will do more than just keep tiny fingers warm this winter.

“My mother always said, ‘if you make a child smile, it was worth what you paid for it.'”

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