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Charity Feature - Cubs for Kids
By: Lion Brand

By making knit and crochet goods for other people, we reach out to them and share with them the our talents and show them that we care. Each month, Lion Brand features a charity that is reaching out to those in need with the help of knitters and crocheters.

Last month, we featured an organization that is collecting handmade clothes and blankets for children in Afghanistan. This month, we feature Cubs for Kids, a non-profit organization that provides children at homeless centers around the U.S. with teddy bears, dressed in hand-knit items.

Cubs for Kids was founded by Arlene Comora in 1998 when she donated $500 from her personal business to buy 100 bear cubs. Born out of a love of knitting and a love of kids, the organization's mission is to give a gift (using leftover yarn) to children who will treasure it forever. Now in its ninth year, the organization has donated over 5,500 bears to children in homeless shelters all across the nation.

Photo Courtesy of Cubs for Kids

Dressing the stuffed animals in clothing hand-knit by knitters across the country, and then wrapping the bears as gifts, the organization sent out 1,150 bears in 2006.

To find out more about the organization, how you can help the effort, patterns for the teddy bear sweater sets, or to suggest a shelter to receive these bears, please visit the Cubs for Kids website.

Photo courtesy of Cubs for Kids

Authored by Lion Brand

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