More than 5,000 sock monkeys crafted over 30 years

Published: 19th January 2011

More than 5,000 sock monkeys crafted over 30 years
A group of women have been crafting toy monkeys for charity for over thirty years now, producing a grand total of more than 5,000, according to a report.

The LosAltosPatch reports that the women have met every Monday since the seventies to make the monkeys out of socks, which are given to seriously ill children at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.

Speaking to the newspaper, the Monkey Toy Ladies explained how they use old tights and socks to produce between 300 and 400 per year.

Lily Hioki, a member of the group, told the paper: "A few of our members have left because they moved away but most of our members come just about every week until they pass on. Our day will come too, but until then we'll be here making monkeys."

This comes after The Times Leader reported that the Foster Grandparent Program and Retired Senior Volunteer Program collected over one thousand pairs of socks as part of a "Sock It To Us" project in the US.

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