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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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Compassionate Gift from an Unknown Giver

Hi....I heard about people knitting these shawls for people with AIDS. I decided that I would start knitting shawls, praying for whomever would receive them...I knit them for people who are either in hospice or who are ill with a very serious lifethreatening illness, whether AIDs or cancer or whatever. Sometimes they are for people I know, more often I prefer to give the shawls to priests I know and ask them to give the shawl to someone they know who is very sick and who needs to know that someone is praying for them. I don't want the person receiving it to know my name or feel that they have to do anything in those cases...I don't want thanks from the person or any sort of seems a purer gift...sometimes there will be a message conveyed by the priest back to me but I really just want to give hope, solace, and comfort to the person and the sense that they are not alone. I am not yet doing this in a group...I may...but not now. This way is just very easy and I do this when I can...about 2 or 3 shawls a year. Just a few people have benefited. But it did seem to really impact those people, at least according to what I know. What is important to me in this is that the attention not come to me...the attention really should be on the person who is suffering and their family and the shawl symbolizes hope and comfort and connection. It kind of establishes a link of love, care, and compassion among strangers....a random act of kindness...I'd like to get more people involved.

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