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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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Steven's Comfy Toes/Cyndy's Tiny Tootsies

Steven's Comfy Toes/Cyndy's Tiny Tootsies provides slippers to children ages birth to 12 years in the White Pine County Area of Nevada. A lot of children come down sick because of cold feet. Comfy Toes and Tootsies hopes to help keep the feet warm of children whose families may not have the funds to get slippers to keep the children's feet warm on cold winter days and nights. We will be accepting slippers for the children year round and will give them out to the children in December and other times during the winter as needed.

My mother(Phyllis Lyman) and I did this in 2000 for the Head Start Kids and they loved them. I even had some of the kids come up to me and call me the slipper lady because they knew I brought their slippers. They were delivered in white lunch sacks decorated with snowflakes for winter. I'm hoping to get enough to give to any child that has cold toes in the winter. We have a lot of cold children here in this area and that makes for a lot of slippers. I know that we can't make them all ourselves and so any help would be greatly appreciated.

The name is in honor of my brother who died from cancer on October 28, 2002. We were able to visit with him the week before he died and he asked me what I was making for the kids this year. It is also in memory of my youngest daughter, Cynthia, who was killed in an automobile accident preparing to come home on November 17, 2001.

In past years I have had charities for Christmas Stockings, Lapghans and slippers for the children. In 2002 I didn't have anything as I was getting over the death of my youngest daughter, Cyndy, just before Christmas the year before (2001). She always helped me package and name things before giving them out and that was the first year without her. I know she would want me to do this.

We have been adopeted by different organizations that wanted to make slippers for a charity.

Since we started we have received slippers and yarn donations from all over the world. Articles wqere sent to the local paper but nothing came of it. We still get all our donation from people on the internet. Several have included donations and many times it is Lion Brand Yarns that they send. Pound of Love, wool ease and Jiffy seem to be the most popular.

Last year, 2003, we were able to donate 300+ pair of slippers to our local angel tree program and hope to do this well again.

There are many people in this area that are already asking if we are donating the slippers agin. They ended up being on their children's favorite presents. and have worn the slippers thin.

All I did was saw a need and found a way to fill it. We started small(Head Start Children) and have grown to encompase an entire community.

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