Faribault's knitting volunteer needs help in return before heart transplant

Liz Sammons knit free scarves for those in need in her Faribault, Minn. community, and now, she needs a little love and support herself.

Sammons and her friend and co-worker Stacy Novotny Murphy knit and affixed scarves to trees over the winter with a note that read, "I'm not lost! If you are stuck out in the cold, please take this to keep warm!"

Sammons wanted to help her community, and knitting scarves was a viable option for her as she was diagnosed with congenital heart failure about 5 years ago and unable to expend too much physical effort volunteering. Now, she's heading to Abbott Northwestern on Wednesday for inpatient care to prepare for a heart transplant.

"I was diagnosed with heart failure about 5 years ago, so there's not a whole lot I can do to help people," Sammons said. "I can't go lift stuff, clean your house for you, or whatever. This is something that's relaxing. I can do it. And people enjoy what I make I enjoy that as well. So it's a way I can give back."

She hopes to have 1,000 scarves ready by December to hang in Minneapolis and St. Paul trees.

For now, Sammons and her husband, Dustin, are spreading the word about a GoFundMe effort to help pay the bills while she's out of work and help Dustin spend time with her in the hospital.

"Everyone's like, 'What are you going to do, you're going to be bored!' I said, 'No, I have lots of scarves to make, 1,000 of them in fact!'" Sammons said.

How you can help: http://www.gofundme.com/elizabethsammons 

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