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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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Lap Afghans for the Lonely

My sister-in-law, Jinny, and her husband, Clarence, regulary visit the local nursing home in Tacoma, WA. Often they take the residents out to the park or somewhere to get them away from the depressing atmosphere of the home.

Jinny knew I loved to crochet and asked if I needed a project to fill my time if I could make a few lap afhgans for the people at the nursing home to help keep them warm on their outings.

It was a great idea and I set to work immediately. Using an abundance of scraps of every color and texture, I began creating with a mission! The patterns were colorful, rich, and fun.

After about 2-3 months, I had enough lap afhgans to fill a box and ship it out. On Jinny's next visit she came bearing gifts and the recipients were thrilled to be recieving their very own hand-crafted blankets. They couldn't believe someone would take the time to make these items just for them. And when Jinny told them they were made by her sister-in-law in Kentucky, they were even more surprised. Tears of joy flowed freely, I only wish I could have been there to see them.

Jinny and Clarence have a few regular residents they visit and there were extra afghans to give. So they were handed over the nurses of the home to be given to others, those who didn't have regular visits from family or friends.

Nursing homes are such lonely places. Many times our elderly are placed there and forgotten about. Crocheting a small afghan to keep them warm is a wonderful way to let them know they haven't been forgotten. It's also the most rewarding way to my God-given talents.

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