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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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The Binky Patrol

I am a member of the Staunton, Virginia chapter of the Binky Patrol.

It is a national organization(more information can be found at the web site). If you can knit, crochet, quilt, sew, etc...we can use you. What we do is to make "binkys" for children in need. In other words, an afghan, quilt or blanket. We make them for children from birth to age 18. Our smallest "binkys" are 30"x30" and the largest is the size for a single bed.

As to what Lion Brand yarn we use, I don't think there is a yarn we don't use. Occasionally, people donate yarn to us, but on the whole we buy our own.

We have a small chapter, therefore, we don't make as many "binkys" as the larger chapters. I am not the member that keeps track of how many we make, but my guess is that when we turn them in at a meeting there are at least 30. Our meetings are periodic, but we do make several hundred a year.

If you love your craft this is one of the ways that you can enjoy yourself and benefit others. Sometimes children just want something of their own that lets them know that somebody they don't even know cares about them.

I found out about the Binky Patrol through a report in our local media a couple of years ago.

The only personal knowledge that I have as to how the "binkys" have affected people occured late last fall. I volunteered at the Salvation Army holiday "Toy Fair." We gave a substantial sized box full of "binkys" and they literally flew out of the building.

The tears in the eyes of parents that received one of the "binkys" for their child was really heartwarming.

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