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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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Worcester Voke Knitting Club

I am a teacher at Worcester Vocational High School in Worcester, MA. I knitted years ago, and started again when I went back to school and needed a way to relax. I was teaching, tutoring after school and completed my Master's in 18 months. Knitting at least a half hour a day had a calming effect and sometimes I could even study and knit!
I realized if it could be relaxing for someone so busy, imagine what it could do for my inner city students. So, after being out of work with shoulder surgery last year when I went back to work I began a knitting group. There were 4 students and me. This year we have grown more than tripled in number! I do not get paid in dollars to do this. The girls' enthusiasm is my payment. They are so appreciative of my time and this makes this effort so rewarding! A few teachers have joined because these young ladies have ecouraged them with their enthusiasm for knitting.

Companies have donated supplies and everything is free for my students. When we receive yarn, the girls are so graciously thankful. They cannot believe companies are so generous. At this point, charity begins at home. Most of my girls have very little. The charity they demonstrate is when new girls come to learn, they teach them how to cast on and tell me to assist others who have problems in their patterns! We are in the infancy stage with this group, but flourish more every week.
Andrea M. Caplan

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