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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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Knitting for Children

After moving from Kentucky to Massachusetts in July 2000, I began taking knitting and crocheting lessons at the local senior center. In 2001, I had progressed to where I could produce different articles and I wanted to do articles for someone other than myself. I had a friend who crocheted for The Knitting Connection and I began to make articles of children's clothing for TKC.

TKC is a non-profit organization that receives donations of yarn and distributes it to volunteer knitters/crocheters to make hats, mittens, scarves, sweaters, afghans, baby booties, layette sets, Christmas stockings(to name a few items) for needy children. TKC is based in Medford, MA. The executive director is Sue Manning who works tirelessly to get yarn, pick up yarn, distribute the yarn, pick up the finished articles, etc.

Articles are made and collected all year and there is an annual distribution day in December when workers at various agencies and children's homes come in and select bags of articles. In 2003 5,738 items were crafted by 437 volunteers and distributed to more than 30 agencies, shelters, hospitals, childrens' centers, etc. Following distribution day, a luncheon is held for the volunteers, and representatives from the receiving agencies attend and relate how the articles are making a great difference in the lives of children and how cherished the hand-made items are.

We do use Lion-Brand yarn, of all weights. I encourage anyone with the skill or who would like to develop the skill to do so and feel the satisfaction and enjoyment of crafting articles that will be useful to someone, especially a child.


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