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Caring and Sharing

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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Giving is 'Catching'

An article kept recurring in our local newspaper where a woman was looking for local knitters or crocheters to make hats for the homeless to be distributed at the community Thanksgiving Dinner for the homeless.

I thought, "Well, I can crochet and I would like to learn to knit. I wonder if I can get any people at Oxford College of Emory University to get involved in this worthy project."

So I went to work and sent out a message through our email system to all faculty, students and staff. I was shocked at the number of people interested. We had old and young, retired and employed, students, faculty and staff, male and female turn out to make hats for the homeless.

Many had never knitted or crocheted before and were taught by those who knew how. We met every Tuesday after noon in the Science Building lobby to knit and crochet together but the needles and hooks were flying all week long all over the campus. It has been an amazing experience. We made mounds of hats out of Lion Brand Homespun which were distributed at the Thanksgiving dinner.

We had so much fun that we decided to continue with another project for second semester: we knitted tiny little hats for premature babies which we donated to Newton County Hospital, our local hospital. Plans are to knit squares next semester to make afghans for the homeless. Meanwhile all who learned made scarves to give to family members at Christmas and two girls began making socks! To celebrate our accomplishments, at the end of the second semester we took a field trip to Atlanta where the National Knitters and Crocheters Guild was having a convention. We couldn't afford to attend the convention but we visited the market hall and were overwhelmed with more of the world of yarns. YOu should have seen the looks of awe and hear the squeals of delight at the color and textures of yarns being sold by the vendors.

We all gained so much. New friends, new hobby, and a sense of helping others.

Rev. Judy Shema,
Oxford College of Emory University

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