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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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Knitted blankets--Project Linus

I have made several blankets for Project Linus through the years. I knit them or sew them up and drop them in the drop box. As I'm making them, I wonder about the kids who will receive them. I wonder why they are in the hospital, and hope it comforts them. I just never thought a knitted Project Linus blanket would comfort my baby and me.

This past Christmas Eve my husband took our 3 month old, Emily, to the Emergency Room. She had a bad cold and wasn't getting any better. I stayed home with our 6 year old and our 3 year old to make sure Santa arrived alright. Both my husband and I figured that they'd say Emily was fine and send her home.

My husband called at 12:30 am Christmas morning to say they were admitting Emily. I quickly got my 2 oldest children ready and brought them to my parents house, which is right near the hospital. I got up to the hospital room and there is my baby, charming the nurses with her hoarse cooing and smiles, even though she must have felt miserable.

I looked around the room at the presents that had been donated for the kids who had to stay in the hospital over Christmas. And there, sitting on the rocking chair, was a beautiful pink striped blanket, crocheted in shell stitch with a fringed edge. I knowingly flipped over the blanket and saw the Project Linus tag attached. I used that blanket all night to feed the baby, and rock her and comfort her. We heard the cry of another baby next door who was very sick. And I knew who the blankets went to. And I knew how much they not only comforted the children, but their parents as well. It was something safe and warm, to cling to and comfort. And it dawned on me the full meaning of making blankets.

I brought my blanket home and will now make 10 more to take it's place. And I will always look at that blanket and remember Emily's first Christmas that was spent in the hospital. I will also think of the other little kids that are in the hospital and need to be comforted with a blanket from Project Linus.

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