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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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I have always been a peace lover and was intrigued to hear about a project, Afghans4Afghans, that was founded as a response to the US bombing/invasion of Afghanistan after September 11, 2001. Ann Rubin wanted people there to know that we cared about their situation, about the health and warmth of Afghan families, and she encouraged knitters/crocheters to make useful and sturdy items for them. Via the web and word of mouth, hundreds of generous souls have set their hands to blankets, sweaters, mittens, hats, vests and socks. As a fairly unskilled knitter, I learned to make hats for infants and children, and so far have sent more than 100 in cheerful colors, made from Lion Brand wool (all-wool items are preferred because they are very warm and needed in a very cold winter climate) and various yarns that friends have passed on to me when they heard about this worthy effort. The great thing about hats is that they take very little material and you can use up scraps. This appeals to me as I am also a quilter--and know the value of small things! Often I imagine my hats on an Afghan child, perhaps one who had no other way to get such an item to keep warm. The Afghans4Afghans website shows pictures of some of the donated items and of the recipients. Knitting calms me and makes me feel active and productive at the same time. I know there are many good causes and I urge you to find one you care about! It's a satisfying thing.

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