Annie Tejidor- Bakas (L) and Virginia Benitez (R) with one of the vets at MIA.
Coral Gables business owners Virginia Benitez and Annie Tejidor-Bakas recently made not a random, but a well-organized act of kindness. The owners of the Knitting Garden located on Ponce de Leon Boulevard heard about the Honor Flight program and decided to put their weaving fingers to the test for a “Caps for Vets” project. Last month, 72 Korean War and WWII veterans, all men and one woman in their 80s and 90s, had the honor of flying from Miami International Airport to Washington D.C. to see the memorials in the nation’s capital dedicated to their honor, many of them travelling to see them for the first time.
Benitez and Tejidor-Bakas gathered a group of 20 volunteers and knitted a total of 72 red, white and blue caps and delivered them to the veterans on their way to the airport. Needless to say, the receiving veterans were really touched by this gesture of kindness and tribute. In addition to knitting the caps, shop customers wrote 400 “Thank You” letters as part of more than 3,000 letters collected by officials at Miami International Airport. The letters were given to the vets on board their return flight.