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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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Handcrafted Hugs

A year or so ago, there was an article on the Shawl Ministry founders in one of your newsletter. I was interested, and looked up their website. As a long time knitter, I felt that this was something I could do through our Methodist Church here in Woodland. A group of us (up to 10 at times) meet once a month to knit shawls, meditate, and connect with each other. We call our shawls "Handcrafted Hugs."

We use Homespun yarn for our shawls. Although we usually buy our own yarn, recently we have received monetary donations from a couple of grateful recipients so that we can tak advantage of sales and always have a supply when someone finishes a shawl. One of our members has a goal of making a shawl of every color of Homespun, so keep adding new colors, please, as she knits very quickly! It has taken time for us to work out the mechanics of distribution, but over the past year or so, many of the shawls have been given to people who are undergoing difficult times. They vary from a young teen-ager with a back injury to a couple going through a very difficult time of uncertainty, to elderly church members at the end of their journey, to friends who have lost a spouse, to those undergoing treatment for cancer...the list is endless.

We have not kept very accurate records on the number of shawls donated, although we need to. Most of the people are members of our church, but we also donate them personally to friends, co-workers, etc. We all knit at a different speed, so while it may take some of us a while to complete a shawl, we have one knitter who whips up four a month, on average. Many of those who receive the shawls send us thank you notes that really touch us...and keep us focused on our knitting. The pastor calls or writes notes when he delivers a shawl, and the story is always the same. Something about this ministry really touches peoples lives...people are so grateful that someone cares. The longer our ministry continues, the more commited we are to continuing...I think we are getting more out of it than any of us could have imagined when we started.
Donna Wise, Woodland, CA.

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