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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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Reading shawls and kid blankets

Not sure I can answer all your questions above. I knit 'reading shawls'(think prayer shawls) for my students, all boys in a locked facility for juvenile offenders. The boys are with me for 2-3 years and it is a hard life as in there is very little softness. So I knit or crochet shawls. There are colorful and eclectic, it always amazes me which ones gravitate to which shawls. These are pulled out when one of my boys is recovering from wisdom teeth extraction but has to come to class anyway. Or maybe he has a lousy cold or headache. And on special occasion we do a 'read in' where they get to grab the shawls and various teddy bears to tuck in for a day of reading. There has been no press about this my solo project, and there have been over 100 boys in the last 13-14 years. And when they get released they get to take the one of their choice. I have used lots of different kinds of yarn over the years.

And second project is for a linens ministry. In our little town of Juneau Alaska different churches collect and distribute items for those in need. One church manages the linens ministry. Once at year or so I knit or crochet a child sized afghan - the more colorful the better! I like to add a note that says made with new yarn but in a house with pets - in case of allergies. and I like to donate anonymously, as I leave it on their doorstep and dash away! Winter night get cold in Alaska.And some child will be warmer for my project.

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