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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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Newborns in need

I started crocheting when I was about 10. My sitter showed me my first stitches and from there I sas "hooked" -- literally!

When I was about 16 I conjured up the courage to "teach" myself to knit. I soon had a passion for that also. I'm 33 now so I've done a lot of crocheting and knitting since then! My favorite yarns is the "Wool Ease" and "Homespun" from your company and I love the patterns that you have on your site.

I had thought about from time to time about doing something for charity but had never acted on it until I ran into someone at a quilt show almost two years ago passing out information on a charity based in our state. The charity was Newborns In Need, with main "home" office in Houston, Missouri. I somehow had lost the information sometime after I came home and I couldn't remember the name of the charity. I thought that I probably could find something later on down the road for me to do for some other charity.

A couple of months later I was standing in line at Hobby Lobby with my arms loaded down with yarn (Lion no doubt since that's what I use most often) I noticed that the lady in front of me had a lot of baby yarn she was purchasing and I made a comment to her that I noticed that she was going to be doing a lot of knitting or crocheting and she turned to me and statted to tell me that she was crocheting baby hats for charity and that the organization was Newborns In Need! She didn't have her chapter president's contact info with her at the time so she took my name and number and called me later with a way to make further contact.

I truly know that it was meant for me to be a part of this wonderful organization! We started a local chapter in January of 2003 and have grown by leaps and bounds. We have had the privledge of exposure on two local news statios,the local newspaper,and at least one local radio station that I know of. Our local chapter donates hundreds of items and volunteer hours each month. We're always amazed at the numbers we send out.

It's really hard to say how many babies have recieved an item that I have knitted or crocheted,I've done a lot of both since I stated in January 2003.

One in every four babies in America is born into poverty level or below so we really stay busy. Newborns In Need provides clothing,toiletries, diapers, quilts, toys crocheted or knitted hats and booties, afghans and other necessities to sick and needy newborn and preemie babies.
They also provide burial layettes for the tiny babies that don't make it. The hats that are crocheted and knitted are used to cover the tiny heads that help to hold in the heat and conserve the energy for healing and developing.

People are really amazed at how this little effort on our parts helps so much. We sometimes recieve thank-you notes from the parents of the babies we serve and they are always so touching.

I am really grateful that I have been able to share my skills in this way. If anyone who wonders if they would decide to volunteer for a charity with their knitting or crocheting, if it would even be appreciated,then believe me, by the thank you letters that we recieve, my answer is that it is most definately appreciated by the familes. And the other volunteers are inspired by the projects we do also.

If anyone wanted to lend a helping hand and had the talent of crocheting or knitting, I would definately recommend helping out a charity with their talent. It is such a tremendous feeling to know that you can use a talent in such a way as this and help someone who needs the assistance of yor talent while doing a hobby you love to do at the same time.

Thank you so much for inviting the public to share their stories.

Hugs,
Sharlotte Barber
Springfield,Mo.


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