Unsung Heroes for 2014
By Jaci Smith
Faribault Daily News
May 29, 2014

Anna Kincade

Anna Kincade is around 92 years young, and the amount of time that she dedicates to IRIS is "unreal," writes Diana Sundwall, executive director of the organization Infants Remembered in Silence.

Kincade has volunteered with IRIS for over 15 years where she has knit or crocheted approximately 1,000 blankets and caps for infant and young children who have died. Ranging from simple to ornate, tiny to crib-sized, the blankets and hats are hand-knit or crocheted for a child to be wrapped in, buried in, or saved as keepsake.

Kincade has also made many Prayer Shawls for IRIS to give to grieving families or a sick infant in intensive care and she provide these items at no cost.

But it is not just her work with IRIS that makes her an Unsung Hero.

Kincade has been a dedicated volunteer with Faribault Golden K Kiwanis Club, where she has held many different offices and worked on many projects. Kincade is also a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Church where she is involved in the Prayer Shawl Ministry.

"Anna has touched the lives of thousands of people that she will never know," Sundwall wrote in her nomination. "She brought a sense of peace and great comfort to grieving families."