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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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Share A Square Afghan Project

The Share A Square Project was the brainchild of Shelly Tucker and is nearing completion after a year of hard work by not only Shelly, but more than 400 volunteers who found her project and pitched in to help.

In June 2007 Shelly thought of making afghans for 140 kids with cancer going to Camp Sanguinity in Texas. Shelly had the idea of creating afghans with granny squares made by 40 different people. The idea was to send many peoples' caring and love to these kids, to let them know we all care, even though we don't know them. Volunteers (and Shelly) put black borders on the squares and stitched the blankets together. With all the colors and designs of the squares surrounded by black, they look like stained glass!

This project is AMAZING. Shelly has all 140 blankets ready now to give away on July 7 at Camp Sanguinity. Each is made of 40 squares with tags attached to each to identify the giver and their location to the child who receives the afghan. Squares have come from all over the world - all over the U.S. as well as from the Netherlands, Japan and more! Each blanket will be accompanied by a handmade bag for the child to keep the tags in when they're taken off.

I first saw the Share A Square project on the Flickr page of a friend. For my part, I made a square and stitched a blanket together, and convinced my mother-in-law to stitch two more afghans. But really, my hat is off to Shelly Tucker and her legion of volunteers, to everyone who spent their time crocheting and stitching away to make something special and caring for these children. It's an incredible labor of love, and I'm honored to have been a part of it.

I don't see how anyone could read this odyssey of love and hope and not be inspired. So many people, in fact, were inspired that Shelly Tucker has a lot of extra squares and there are ongoing efforts to create more afghans for children who weren't able to go to the camp, or are otherwise similarly ill.

For more general information, including the delivery and the folks this has already touched, more information is at these links.

My interview with Shelly Tucker: http://www.crafterbynight.com/2008/06/24/shelly-tucker-interview/
Share A Square Blog: http://thiseclecticlife.com/shareasquare/
Share A Square Afghan Gallery: http://thiseclecticlife.com/afghan_gallery/


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