'Chasing the Chill' group knits more than 800 winter clothing items

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- A group of knitters in Lynchburg is helping to keep the community warm in these frigid temps.

"Chasing the Chill Lynchburg" partnered with local organizations and schools for a second year to knit hats, cowls and scarves for those in need.

Last year, they knitted around 500 items and this year they have collected more than 800 hand-knitted items.

The winter clothing items are hanging on trees and fence posts at the Human Services Building in downtown and at the Park View Community Mission building on Memorial Avenue.

Organizers say this is just one simple way for them to give back to the community. "When the wind is blowing like it is today, I can go inside, not everyone is able to do that. So, being able to do this, I hope will make a difference to a lot of people," explained Kate Goodman with Chasing the Chill Lynchburg.

The items will be available at the two locations until everything has been claimed.

For more information, you can follow "Chasing the Chill Lynchburg" on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/chasethechilllynchburg/