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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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Warm Hands

The organization that I belong to is the Hadlyme Hall Garden Club. One of the projects that we do is to decorate the windows at our post office.

The windows are decorated according to the season. At Christmas time we place a Christmas tree in each of the windows and decorate them with hand made mittens. We have done this for the past three years and the project has grown considerably. We placed a public service announcement in several local newspapers and our knitters now include the Lyme Knitters group, the Lyme Grange and people from our community and surrounding communities. One women from a near by town, who has volunteered to knit for the past three years phoned me recently and has already made twenty two pairs for next year's tree. Generally we collect about 50 pair of mittens. The mittens are then distributed to varius needy. In the past they have been distributed to a women's shelter, local soup kitchens, the nurses room of a low income area school etc.

As far as how these mittens have affected the people who have gotten the mittens goes I happen to know that the children at the school who have gotten them would have gone the winter with cold hands if we had not knitted the mittens. My daugher was in charge of a dental clinic at the school that I mentioned and told me that her little students would come in with red raw hands in winter months with out mittens. That is actually why the project got started. She asked me if I sould make some mittens for the nurse's room at her school. I agreed and asked a few friends and then got the garden club involved and we were on our way.

This past year, we also included a simple hat pattern for those who could not make mittens.

It has been a rewarding experience for me and for all who were involved.

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