Laura’s Loving Hands: Warming heads and hearts


On even the coldest and rainiest nights at the Lord’s Diner, one familiar face brightens the day of those coming to supper. Laura Klausmeyer volunteers weekly at the diner with her mother, Brenda. 

But Klausmeyer’s helping hand extends beyond the diner patrons. Since picking up knitting nearly a decade ago, Klausmeyer has knit over 2,000 hats and scarves to give to those who need them.

“They really like it. Some say they’ve had it for a couple years and they want another one,” Klausmeyer said.

You wouldn’t know by looking at her work, but Klausmeyer is visually impaired. She does not need sight to knit, though. In fact, she doesn’t even look down at her loom. Her fingers guide the yarn exactly where it needs to go.

Klausmeyer takes her knitted creations, dubbed “Laura’s Loving Hands,” to nursing homes, children in shelters and her friends at the Lord’s Diner in hopes of warming their hearts and their heads.

“So many good things have happened to me and I’m thankful for lots of stuff so I want to make other people happy too,” Klausmeyer said.

Each hat and scarf comes with a personal note, reading: “I hope you keep warm and safe and like your scarf. Your friend, Laura.”

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