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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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Giving that others may give

I am including this story, not because I want any personal recognition, so please don't put my story in that light if you choose to use what I have written.

It all began with my husband. He got involved with the local chapter of the American Red Cross right after his mother died, since she had been involved with helping the chapter up until shortly before her death. He felt he was doing something she would have wanted him to do, and encouraged me to become involved a little later. He served on the Board of Directors for several years, and I was also a member for about two years. Working with this all-volunteer chapter, I began to understand how important this agency is to each community, whether it be for its many contributions in areas such as disaster relief, CPR and other safety and lifesaving training to community members, or through collection of blood by utilizing their bloodmobile.

I cannot give blood since I have Multiple Sclerosis and there is no known cause or cure, so I wanted to do something to encourage others to give blood. The company I worked for at the time encouraged employees to donate blood when the bloodmobile was scheduled to be at the company and allowed employees time off to contribute.

To "sweeten the pot" I knitted a red lace afghan and asked that it be given in a prize drawing to one of the employees who gave blood. It was, and I was told it helped encourage some people who would not ordinarily have given blood because they wanted a chance to win the afghan.

I am sending this to show that there are many ways we can all help in our communities by donating some of the things we make, and it may also serve to interest others in creative needle arts when they understand the rich personal satisfaction you recieve when you give a gift that matters.

Thank you.
Please keep my name private


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