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While so many of us love making things for ourselves and our families, many in the Lion community go further, creating for those in need. Join us in this section and be touched by these true stories of caring and sharing submitted by Lion Brand readers.

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Momwriters Holiday Fund

I am a member of momwritersm an online group for writers of all levels of experience. We realized a few years ago that many members were suffering hard times due to unemployment, or underemployment. First we started a crochet moms group. I am co-moderator with Cathy Brownfield. We make crochet or knit blankets for the women in our group who have newborns. Then it expanded into providing hats, scarfs and mittens as holiday gifts for children in need. We started with maybe 50 children, then 65, then 75. We don't know how many will apply for help this year.

We use many Lion Brand yarns and patterns to make simple hats, scarfs and mittens for babies through teens. We also added a toy component feeling that no child should have a Christmas without a toy. Our members are not wealthy. In fact, many of us are struggling and are on limited incomes ourselves. Throughout the year we buy toys on sale or at the dollar store and put them aside for the holiday charity.

Sometimes we get donations of yarn but most of the time we buy it ourselves. The cost of postage and handling to our distribution in Virginia is also our own responsibility. We have over 1,000 members of momwriters, but out of that only 18 of us are in the crochet/knit group.

Our list owner, Nikki Boehm, receives the boxes. With a group of friends she mixes and matches the hats, scarfs and mitten. For privacy sake, only Nikki has the information on the families in need. She sorts all the crochet/knit work and gifts and makes sure it gets to the right children.

The interesting thing is most of us have never met. We are an online group. We do have regional meetings and I have met Nikki, Cathy Brownfield and some others. Basically we send messages through yahoogroups. And yet despite this, we care very much for the well being of our members. Someone might ask for prayer. Some one else might be in desperate need. We have dollar charities where we send $1.00 or more to the special needs person to help out as much as we can.

It is an amazing group, mainly of women, but some men, who care about each other. We share professional advice, comfort each other through tragedies, and offer material assistant when we can.

Thanks for allowing me to share this with you.

Bea Sheftel
bts1ct@aol.com


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