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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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Caring through Crafting

How did you become involved in the project or cause?
I started the Caring through Crafting through my college’s Student Services Department back in the fall of 2011.

How did you translate your hobby into something special for the community or an organization?
The Caring through Crafting club has two areas of focus. First, we teach club members various types of crafting, including crochet and knitting. Then members use these skills to help local charities. We do this by either donating items we have made to charities or selling items we make and donating the proceeds to charities.

What Lion Brand yarn did you use?
A large majority of our yarn is donated, so we use a variety of types and brands. As far as Lion Brand, we have used Vanna’s Choice, Vanna’s Baby, and Baby Wool.

How many items does your group make in a month or a year?
It really varies, but we probably make roughly 50 to 100 finished craft items a year.

How much time do you and/or your group dedicate to the charitable project?
We normally meet twice a month for 1 ½ hours. Members also make items at home.

How many people have benefited?
As far as club members, we usually have about 6 to 12 active members a year. We donate items to animal charities and also a local women/children’s shelter. The shelter has an average of 75 to 100 residents.

What would you say to other knitters or crocheters to encourage them to lend their hands to a cause-related effort?
It is very rewarding to think that someone will appreciate and use your hand-made items. Even if you can only make a few items now and then, when crafters work together, a few items can add up when they are combined with items from other crafters.

Has the local media reported on your project?
Yes, we have been mentioned a few times in tcpalm.com.

If you know, how has your work affected the people for whom you have made donations.
Just as an example, one charity we donate to regularly (MISS INC) needs pretty much everything. When I spoke with the director for the first time about the club making items for them and asked her what they needed her answer was “everything and anything.” Most residents come with just the clothes on their backs. So items like afghans, wash clothes, and toys are much appreciated.


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