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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 founded a charity called CompassionKnit in 2005. As an at-home mom, I was looking for ways that I could do some volunteer work from home. I came up with the idea of CompassionKnit as a way to donate hand-knit items to homeless people. I have coordinated with local yarn shops to act as donation sites; the yarn shops accept donations of hand-knit hats, mittens, & scarves. On a monthly basis, volunteers from CompassionKnit visit the yarn shops and pick up the donations. The items are then tagged with CompassionKnit tags and delivered to local homeless shelters. We currently have an established program in the Boston area, but are hoping to expand nationwide.

As this is the first season of CompassionKnit, we have only recieved fairly small numbers of donated items. But I have great hope for the next year! The homeless shelters in our programs are extremely excited at the prospect of receiving the donations this fall and winter. I am looking forward to making the donations with my three young children in order to involve them in volunteering.

Our local media has not reported on CompassionKnit. We are looking for ways to spread the word about our mission and our hopes to expand the program to other areas.

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