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  • Celebrate Charitable Giving with Our New Studio Window

    Here at Lion Brand, we are extremely proud of our commitment to charitable giving. We have been partnered with Vanna White for many years now, donating a portion of the proceeds from her yarns to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In 2013, we celebrated a huge milestone when we reached $1 million in donations to St. Jude's. To date, we have donated around $1.7 million to help fight childhood cancers, as was featured in the hospital's Promise magazine this past summer..

    The newest window at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York celebrates that commitment. Every fall the Studio puts up a window that shows off our charitable side. In the past the display has featured our work with Hats 4 the Homeless, Project Linus, and Warm Up America, and this year it's all about St. Jude's.

    The window features a massive ball of Vanna's Choice® yarn, along with a colorful array of smaller skeins below. In the store you can see more of the yarn, as well as information about our partnership with St. Jude's. If you can't make it to Manhattan to see this truly fantastic window in person, fear not, because we've got pictures to show you here.

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  • Where to Donate Your Knitting and Crochet

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    Yarncrafting is fun, but it can also do a lot of good. From kids to animals to the homeless, you can send your finished products to many different organizations to provide warmth and comfort to those in need.

    Below are five charities that will accept knitted or crocheted items.

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    • -Head Huggers provides hats for cancer patients who have lost their hair from chemotherapy. You can mail them to a central location for distribution or find a local organizationthrough their network. For these hats it's best to use soft, washable yarns and make them as smooth and seamless as possible for comfort.
    • -Hats 4 the Homeless distributes knitted goods to the homeless population in New York City every winter. You don't have to be in NYC to donate; they have an address where you can mail your goods. It's not just hats, either -- they'll also take scarves, socks, and gloves.
    • -Snuggles Project is great for anyone who wants to help animals. You make a little blanket for an animal -- knit, crochet, or sew -- and give them to a participating shelter. The Snuggles provide comfort and warmth to the creatures in the shelters while they wait for their forever homes.
    • -Project Linus provides comfort blankets for kids who need them due to illness, trauma, or other reasons. They accept homemade blankets from smoke-free environments, which can be donated in person through a local chapter.

     

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    • -Knitted Knockers gives handmade prosthetic breasts to those who have had mastectomies. They are soft, lightweight alternatives to hot, sweaty, uncomfortable prosthetics that often require special tops or bras to wear. You can find local providers to donate the items, and there are patterns on the site.

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  • Man Makes Thousands of Charity Hats While in Hospice

    Photo credit: Chris Clark/Spectrum Health Beat Photo credit: Chris Clark/Spectrum Health Beat

    Some people are truly generous. Morrie Boogaart, a 91-year-old man from Michigan, has been making charity hats for more than 15 years.

    Even being in hospice care for terminal cancer hasn't stopped him. He still uses a knitting loom to make hat after hat for the homeless population. Over the years, Boogaart has made too many hats to count. He doesn't know exactly how many he has produced, because he stopped keeping track at 8,000.

    He learned how to make the hats in 2001, when his daughter taught him while he was recuperating from hip surgery, Boogaart told Spectrum Health Beat.

    He may be slower than he used to, but he isn't stopping. Using yarn donated or received as gifts, he makes hat after hat in bed each day, donating the finished products to any charity that needs them, like the Salvation Army or local missions.

    Boogaart has had a long life of helping others, from shoveling snow For neighbors to his service in World War II. Now, he's spending his remaining days helping those in need keep warm.

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