Kialla's Roly Canobie and Bill James have knitted proof there are random acts of kindness in the world.
The two Kialla Gardens Banksia Lodge residents received a mysterious parcel in the mail on Friday last week from a Tatura resident.
It contained two hand-knitted beanies.
Tatura's Lorna Greenwood had never met Mr Canobie or Mr James, but after spotting the men sporting bare heads in The News, she decided to knit them beanies.
On July 14, The News featured the two men in a story about keeping warm, along with fellow resident Norma Phillpot, who was wearing a warm red hat.
"It was a total surprise," Mr James said.
Mr Canobie and Mr James have sent a card and a photo of them wearing the beanies back to Mrs Greenwood as thanks.
"We appreciate it greatly," Mr Canobie said.
"I think it's a tremendous kindness."
"It was really nice," Mr James said.
Mr James said the beanies were nice and warm. He chose the maroon and brown one, while Mr Canobie picked a blue one to match his knitted vest.
In the article, Mr Canobie and Mr James spoke about walking and exercising each day to keep warm.
Mrs Greenwood said she wanted to knit the gentleman a beanie each to wear while walking outside in the winter.
"The other lady had a warm red hat, but the gentleman didn't have anything warm on their heads, so I thought I'd knit them a beanie each," she said.
Mrs Greenwood said she had been knitting for about 30 years and often knitted beanies to donate to organisations such as The Royal Children's Hospital.
"It keeps my fingers from going stiff," she said
By Jenna Bishop
As published in the Shepparton News, Saturday, August 2, 2014