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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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Wright County Knitting for Others

After reading about prayer shawls in a magazine article, I formed a knitting circle for that purpose at my church. When I saw how much people enjoyed knitting together for a good cause, I decided to form additional groups in three neighboring communities. Collectively called Wright County Knitting for Others, we try to respond to immediate needs as we learn about them. We continue to make prayer shawls, but we have also made chemo caps for treatment centers and all kinds of warm outerwear for schoolchildren in Minnesota. We contributed seventeen blankets to Project Linus. Last winter we sent warm items to Bosnia as part of an effort called Operation Warm Fuzzy, sponsored by an National Guard unit and their families. We are nearly done making caps for an orphanage in Korea. A family from Minnesota will be going to Korea in June to visit the orphanage from which their two children were adopted a number of years ago. They are taking our caps as a goodwill gesture and thank you gift.

About ten charitable knitters work independently on charity projects nearly every day, and the groups meet once or twice a month. Between September and December 2003, we donated 193 items. So far this year we have donated nearly 200 items.

We use HomeSpun for prayer shawls, of course, and we really like Wool-Ease for caps in many styles and sizes.

Local newspapers published articles I submitted in order to form the groups, and they continue to publish our meeting dates. We have had no other media coverage.

I have a wonderful collection of thank you notes from people who have benefitted from our gifts. Some of the notes are from agencies who serve the recipients, of course. We are looking forward to seeing pictures from the Korean orphange when our caps are received.

Although those who knit for charity also like to make things for themselves and for loved ones, we have all shared the feeling that what we make for those in need gives us the most satisfaction. As the coordinator/facilitator of a fledgling organization known as Wright County Knitting for Others, I am constantly amazed by the talent, generosity and sheer output of the knitters I have met.

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