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Longtime slipper-maker honored for her efforts

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Thelma Cook receives an award from American Legion Post 122 for her longtime efforts to help veterans by making slippers - 2,875 pairs of them - from 1998 to the present.Longtime Canby resident Thelma Cook was recently honored at a ceremony at Marquis Hope Village for her volunteer efforts to Oregon veterans through American Legion Post 122.

An honorary plaque will be displayed at the veterans hospital in Portland.

Cook started making slippers in 1998 for Unit 122. The unit takes the slippers to the VA in Portland, Hood River and Roseburg so that veterans who enter the hospital receive a pair of slippers.

Her slippers have become well-known to all the veterans affairs and rehabilitation groups and have become the template for other units to follow.

During the last 16 years, Cook has made 2,875 pairs of slippers – at four hours a pair, that’s 11,500 hours put into making slippers for veterans.

In all, the Unit 122 veterans affairs and rehabilitation group has received $101,125 credit for the slippers Cook has made.

Cook received her award from Loyal Hjelmervik, Legion secretary.



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