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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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Prince William Purlers,

I am a member of the Prince William Purlers, a knitting guild in Northern Virginia. We do not limit ourselves to one charity, but support the local charities in our community by dedicating each month to a specific charity. For example, one month we might make chemo caps for the local hospice. The next month we might make preemie baby items for the NICU at the local hospital. As fall approaches, we make warm scarve and socks for the County Hyperthermia Unit. We hold an annual Caps for Kids hat contest within the guild. The list goes on. This in and of itself doesn't make us unique. What I think does make us unique is our level of dedication. Most members contribute to the monthly charity project on a regular basis. We even have a charity chairperson dedicated to coordinating our efforts! At the DC Knit Out and Crochet too, you can always find a large contingent of Purlers at the charity booth, busily sewing together donated squares for Warm Up America blankets. Now, the local yarn stores who receive squares throughout the year pass them on to us because they know that we will continue to work on them year-round, in addition to our regular charity projects. In fact, we are really known as the guild to call upon if knitters are needed for a charity event. We are always eager to teach knitting as well as donate knitted items and annually host a Girl Scout troop to teach them how to knit and share our enthusiasm for our craft. We are honored and humbled by the gratitude of the recipients. It is a reward that far outweighs the satisfaction felt in the completion of the garment of blanket. Plus, what could be better than knowing that someone is enjoying your hand-crafted item and the love that is involved in the making of it? Perhaps if we spent more time using "two sticks and a string", we would be less inclined to use those sticks to destroy. We do enjoy using a variety of Lion Brand yarns for our charity projects. I particularly like to use Wool-Ease, because it is easy- care and has terrific colors. In addition to my can-be-reached info, I am also including the e-mail of our guild president, Susan Blair ( and our charity chairperson, Nancy Hellwig ( They may be able to provide you with more information about the specific numbers of items and charities benefitting from our efforts and maybe even some photos. Thanks for the opportunity.

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