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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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My 23 year old son was severely wounded in Afghanistan while serving the Army. His father and I rushed to Washington D.C. from Phoenix, Arizona. The horrors of war hit me full in the face as I walked into a hospital room at Walter Reed to see my youngest son. Together over the next two months we endured 22 blood transfusions, 14 surgeries and the roller coaster ride of not knowing if Adam would ever recover. Alone and frightened I needed to be strong for my son. While waiting one morning for him to come out of surgery a very nice lady introduced herself from the Red Cross and asked if I needed anything. I know this sounds silly but I asked if she had any yarn and any size hook. She didn’t, but returned the next day with 4 skeins of yarn and a size g hook. I began hunting the internet for patterns. I ran across “Save the Children” and they wanted hats for babies all over the world. So in honor of my son I crocheted baby stocking caps. People in the hospital saw me and dropped off yarn to me. Adam was at Walter Reed for 22 months. Every time I went to be with him I took my yarn. I have continued ever since. I even work with my middle school students to try to get them to learn to crochet and make hats, so we can hopefully distribute them to local organizations as well sending some to the Save the Children Foundation. My child fought so bravely so other children would know peace in their lifetime. So each hat is made in honor of Adam. Every stitch gives me peace.


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