Pay it 4Ward: Moore teacher knits for others

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MOORE, Okla. - Karen Loman has nimble fingers.

That's a really good thing because, when she's not teaching kids to read at Santa Fe Elementary in Moore, she's knitting.

"I can do it when I watch TV with my kiddos or in the evenings after school. Sometimes, I even bring it on lunch break," Loman said as she sits in the teacher's lounge showing us how she does it, carefully looping yarn around three separate needles.

Loman has knitted all sorts of things for those in need.

Hats and socks for premature babies, hats for homeless veterans and her latest project, 'Knitted Knockers,' which are prosthetic breasts for women who have survived breast cancer.

Finding the money to buy all that yarn can be difficult for Loman, who is also a single mom, on her teaching salary.

"If there is a way I can give back, I don't have a lot financially, but I have time, and I like to be able to do something to help somebody else."

That is why Loman's friend and fellow teaching assistant, Beata Smith, nominated her for First Fidelity Bank's Pay it 4Ward.

"Karen is just a selfless person. She always puts others first before her own needs" Smith said.

Smith is a breast cancer survivor herself, so she knows how much Loman's crafts mean to women who have undergone a mastectomy.

"She buys only the best materials to make it really soft. They are washable, and she pays for them with her own money," Smith said.

So, Smith said her friend could really use the $400 reward from First Fidelity Bank.

"Thank you for nominating Karen today and, on behalf of First Fidelity Bank, we'd like to present you with $400," said First Fidelity Bank's Floyd Alexander.

The whole school was in on the surprise and carefully kept it a secret from Loman.

"Karen, surprise! Your friend, Beata, has nominated you for First Fidelity Bank's Pay it 4Ward for all that you do for everyone around you, especially all your knitting."

"I can't believe it!" Loman said.

With her coworkers looking on, Smith handed her the cash.

"We would like to give you $400 on behalf of KFOR  NewsChannel 4 and First Fidelity Bank."

"That will buy a lot of yarn!" Loman said.

Loman said she plans to use the money to buy more knitting supplies.

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