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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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Charity Items

This note isn't to tell you about a charity that I work with or anything that I make. It is to tell the story of the charity I received.

My first child was due Thanksgiving 2004 but he arrived a month early, weighing in at just over 4 pounds. We weren't completely prepared for his arrival but knew that as time went on, we would have everything he needed to stay healthy and strive.

Due to his weight and some minor health problems, he stayed in the NICU at The Woodlands Memorial Hospital in The Woodlands, Texas, for eleven days. The staff tried to make the environment friendly and not quite so scary, but the magnitude of the events still make parents uneasy to say the least. I remember going to see my son one day and he was wearing a handmade outfit that someone had donated. There was also a handmade blanket in his bassinett that some gracious person created.

Seeing these items made such a sterile, generic place feel just a little warm and homey. We are very thankful that there are people out there who care and want to help those they have never met. We did not take the handmade items home with us. Having plenty of new items for our baby from friends and family gave us the opportunity to leave these handmade treasures for the next family to enjoy.

To everyone who makes items for charity, for babies, adults, or pets, here's a really big, "Thank you!"

Erin Neal

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