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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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Operation Troop Support

I started Operation Troop Support when we first sent troops to Afghanistan and Iraq primarily because my oldest son, who is a Staff Sgt. in the Marine Corp had many friends going overseas. He secured a roster of two companies going to Iraq and I organized a group through the high school where I teach to mail each and every one of both companies at least one CARE package and two letters every month. When my son was sent to Iraq I expanded this to include hand crocheted watch caps for everyone in his company and two others--265 caps in total. The second time he was sent to Iraq funds for my program started to wane as did the public's interest and donations, so I started crocheting scarves and ponchos and selling them at the high school where I teach and the college where I teach part time. The money I raise pays for package contents and postage, but just barely. So I also bake three dozen cookies each morning and sell those at school too. My youngest son--who is an officer in the Navy--is leaving next week for a year tour in Afghanistan and I'll start the whole process all over again. I have been putting together a scrapbook of the hundreds of notes and emails we've received from grateful service personnel and reading those makes all the sleepless nights worth it. I live in a small community about 50 miles west of New Orleans so I was hit hard by both Katrina and Rita and still witness the devastation everyday. While I'm home for Christmas I'm working on prayer shawls to send to Biloxi and I've finished three this week!! All of it is a labor of love--God gave me the ability to help and I intend to do so until I can't hold a crochet hook. I'm always looking for donations--items for CARE packages, yarn, money for postage, etc. I would encourage each and everyone of you out there to get involved in something--help someone else--there is no greater reward. God Bless America, its defenders, and its citizens.

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