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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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Hands Helping Humanity

I began Hands Helping Humanity at St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church during the summer of 2002 as a way to support our various mission projects through my love of knitting. I started out giving knitting lessons during the Sunday School hour in the summer and was pleasantly surprised to find a wonderful group of knitters in our church. We now meet each Sunday during Sunday School and also for an hour on Sunday afternoons for a more informal session.

We started knitting afghans for our youth group to give to each family they assist during their weeklong Appalachia Service Project. They were so well received, we knit items for each family member when the youth return for a second visit in the fall. We also knit hats, scarves and sweaters for the Russian Initiative Mission to give to the children in the orphanages and shawls, slippers and afghans for the retirement homes. Finally, we were able to knit over 40 hats, scarves and slippers for an Indian Mission in New Mexico this year.

Since the majority of our yarn is donated, we use the donated yarn for the smaller items such as hats and scarves. For the bigger items such as shawls and afghans, we prefer the Lion Brand Homespun yarn. Homespun knits up so soft and the colors are very appealing. We also use the Lion Brand Wool Ease Chunky for adult and children sweaters.

In the past two years we have made knitted and donated the following items:
30 afghans 400+ hats 25 pairs of children socks
20 shawls 40 scarves 25 adult sweaters
60+ children sweaters 30+pairs of slippers

I am constantly amazed with the member of Hands Helping Humanity. Our group has grown from 3 knitters to over 8. We are fulfilling our need for stewardship while creating life-long friendships. We not only support each other to learn more about knitting, I can honestly say that Hands Helping Humanity is the most spiritual group of women that I have ever been involved with.


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