updated 1/29/2009 12:52:03 PM ET 2009-01-29T17:52:03

Icelanders are shipping warm woolen clothing to their needy North Atlantic neighbors in Britain.

The tiny island nation has severe economic troubles of its own. But after a popular morning radio show in Reykjavik broadcast an item about elderly people in Britain unable to pay heating bills and dying as a result of the cold, they decided to do something about it.

A container full of 3,000 items made from unique Icelandic wool should be in Britain by the end of next week.

Neil Duncan-Jordan, who speaks for an organization representing the elderly, on Thursday called it a generous act of compassion.

Iceland's banks collapsed in the fall sparking a deep economic crisis, with spiraling inflation and unemployment.

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