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NEW CASTLE - There's a place in Colorado where boxes of yarn are stacked floor to ceiling, and a pair of knitting needles are never more than an arm's reach away.

That place is Chris Goodendorf's home.

"It used to be a hobby. Now, it's a passion," Goodendorf says, not missing a stitch.

From this small town in western Colorado, Goodendorf's knitting needles have become a tool for helping people across the globe. Chris began donating her handiwork eight years ago, after the loss of a friend. There's still no sign of her needles slowing down.

"There is so much need. I only wish I had more time," Goodendorf said.

There was one way to make the most of the time she did have, though, on her daily commute to Aspen.

"Everyone on the bus knows as soon as they get on, they're going to see me in the front seat crocheting or knitting away," Goodendorf laughs, continuing to add rows to the shawl she's working on.

Each day, Goodendorf's three-hour bus ride means she can make a pair of slippers or a hat.

"We all get so busy, and we don't think we have time for anything. But really, you can find time. You can always find time to help somebody out. It doesn't have to cost you," Goodendorf said.

Goodendorf's mittens are sent to children in Afghanistan. Her knit teddy bears go to tots in South Africa. Her handmade, soft hats warm the balding heads of Colorado cancer patients. Tiny booties, made with love, cover the feet of newborns in Chicago whose mothers can't afford to clothe them.

"I love to give. I've always liked to give. I don't care who it goes to, I always know it's going to go to someone who needs it," Goodendorf said.

Each Monday night in New Castle, Goodendorf meets her friends to share a good yarn, and, some good yarn.

"I'm sure I've gone through miles and miles of yarn," Goodendorf said, needles clacking, beginning a new row.

Her friends help her knit hats or scarves - anything, really - for a new charity each month.

"We're kind of a sisterhood. We're very tightly knit group, pardon the pun," Goodendorf said, with a chuckle and a pile of orange and pink yarn on her lap.

All it took for Goodendorf to impact families around the globe was a pair of knitting needles, a generous heart and her morning commute.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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