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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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The Mother Bear Project

The Mother Bear Project sends knitted and crocheted teddy bears to children in many African countries who have Aids. Many are orphans (both parents have died of Aids). The pattern is simple and uses any kind of yarn scraps you have on hand from other projects. The organization is based in Minneapolis, MN. It's founder Amy Berman had visited Africa and was struck by how lonely these children are. Out of ignorance of the disease, locals will not touch the children for fear of contracting it. She decided that every child should have a bear to love. She has a web site that shows the thousands of bears people have made and the faces of the children who receive them. The stories are heart wrenching and make you want to crochet all the faster. For many it is the only toy or possession that they have. One little girl asked that she be buried with her bear because it was the only one who ever loved her!

You can find the patterns on the website. The process is simple. You crochet/knit the bear(s) and send them to Amy along with $3.00 per bear for (bear-fare). You place a tag on the bear's arm (Amy sends them to you) that says Mother Bear (you sign your name). I've been involved for a few years now and am working on bear # 137. This is such a worthwhile project that sends love to an area of the world that so desperately needs it. I encourage everyone I know that knits or crochets to join this wonderful group. (I don't have pictures of the bears...but there are many on the website.

Susan Bois

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