Featured Volunteer Claudia LeNeau
Claudia LeNeau is our National Volunteer for April 2009 and is a great contributor to TPP’s hat collections. She is both an avid knitter and long-time quilter. Married to her husband, Peter, Claudia lives in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota (a suburb of the Twin Cities) with her dog, Mitzi, and her cat, Abbey. Daughter Michele lives with her husband, Grady, their golden retriever and a cat approximately ten miles away. Her son, Kyle, and his wife, Julia, are close by at about five miles.
Claudia is an enthusiastic quilter. Like many, she loves to buy fabric and particularly enjoys a unique form of quilting known as appliquéing. But once in awhile, she likes to take a break from quilting. During the past two years she has become an accomplished knitter of rolled brim hats. She acquires inexpensive yarn from various dealers and suppliers and fashions her hats using the same.
Her love of knitting hats, and her growing collection of same, caused her to search out places to donate her creations and The Preemie Project is the beneficiary of her talents. The close proximity of Iowa to where she lives was a determining factor as well. She knits mostly in the evening while watching television but she also relishes knitting in the car when she and her husband take long drives. One year they traveled to Kansas City and she used the time to create her brim hats. As she so aptly notes “You can’t quilt in the car.“
Claudia acknowledges that TPP has not really changed her life but it is clearly fair to say that she has had an impact on the lives of those touched by her creations. Thanks to her for her time and creative talents.