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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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Sock for Soldiers

My name is Jan. I bought an antique sock machine and during the course of investigating their history and what they were actually used for, I found out they were used during WWI and WWII to make socks for the soldiers in France and Germany. I was impressed with the fact that they would get groups of these sock machine knitters in larger homes, such as the Rockefeller's home, and crank out socks for soldiers overseas.

I live near a Veterans' Hospital and have always felt a tugging at my heart for the forgotten heros housed there. I work with a guy involved in a Christmas Party at the VA and he said he would love the added gift of socks at Christmas for the Veterans. On Veterans' Day, we have a parade and I asked if we could make socks and collect money to donate to the Christmas Party, alas Socks for Soldiers. While we had all the plans worked out and I put out a nation-wide request for socks cranked on these old machines, September 11th occured. Needless to say, everybody was looking for a way to show thier patriotism and we had hordes of people donating and cranking out socks for our Veterans. We had donations from all over the US and Canada, totaling 183 pairs of socks and $200.00. It made the Veterans' Christmas much happier and warmer. We had about 15 sock machine crankers and 6 women from an area knitting guild closing the toes by hand.

We now do events during the year, Reclaiming Our Heritage on the VA grounds to help get donations to get yarn. We use any fingering weight yarn we can, as everything we use is donated. I can't thank the people that help with this event enough. Without each and every one of them, it would not work. We have done this every year since 2001 and the Veterans' faces are changing. They are not so much the old men anymore and we are seeing young kids. It is a rewarding feeling helping at the Christmas party and seeing them have a little something special for Christmas. We have not had local coverage, but we know we are doing a good thing. One year I had a Veteran tell me they were the warmest socks he had-that was reward enough. For more photos of the Christmas Party check out my website under Gallery at www.just4ewe.org
Thank you,
Jan


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