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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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crocheting for charity

I knit, crochet, and sew for several charities. I first became involved in charity work through Threads of Love, an organization that makes things for premature babies that either don't make it or are in the hospital for a long time. I started with crocheted caps and burial blankets, then went onto a knitted preemie baby sweater to fit a 3 pound baby. I also crochet and sew for our local Neighbors in Need program run through the Human Services dept. of Carroll County, MD. I no longer have small children in my life. My kids are grown and they aren't married so there are no grandchildren. I needed to keep my mind and hands busy so I started crocheting again and then taught myself to knit. While looking online for some embroidery designs for my sewing machine, I came across a site for Threads of Love. I found this interesting so started making caps and it grew from there.

I have used the Pound of Love yarns but prefer the Baby Soft for the baby things. I also have several skeins of Wool-Ease but since my things are for babies, wool isn't a good choice.

I started a Threads of Love group last year but it hasn't taken off like I had hoped. I'm on disability and not in the best of health and the person that was going to help is unable to do so. I'm finally getting some help from another friend and my red hat society and smocking guild ladies are also pitching in. I just donated about 40 things to St. Joseph's Hospital Center last week. About 15 were crocheted or knitted. Most of my time is dedicated to sewing, crocheting, or knitting and since most of my things are donated, I guess that makes most of my time is for charity. I am almost never working on something. I have travel projects that go in the car with me and at home projects that I'm almost always working on.
I have no idea how many people I've benefited. I've been donating to Neighbors in Need for about 6 years. This organization reaches out to hundreds in our community.
I was recently interviewed for our local newspaper about the smocking guild I belong to and Threads of Love was mentioned in the article. I had several phone calls from that article asking about smocking but the charity part wasn't the main focus.

I have received many notes and thank you cards from individuals that my things have gone to, mostly Project Linus blankets. I know the people are touched a great deal by the wonderful things the volunteers do to help them in their time of need.

I have had a difficult time answering the qustion about encouraging others to help cause related efforts. The main focus of my donating is to Threads of Love with only a small portion donated to Project Linus. Threads of Love items mostly go to families with a baby that doesn't live. I have found that not everyone can make things for a "dead baby." They find it too depressing. I guess I would share the good feelings that I have when I am making something for a family to bury their precious little baby in. Otherwise, they would have nothing special to remember their little one. I know for me personally, I would want something special to put my child in for burial. Making these things is being able to step outside of oneself and think of the other person in a time of devastation and great despair.

Project Linus is also a wonderful place to donate time and goods. The notes I've received either directly or indirectly through our local representative, have touched me in a way that just handing over a blanket doesn't. These people are so grateful that we've chosen to spend our time to make their lives easier that it makes every stitch worthwhile.

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