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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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Helping lift spirits

In thinking about the overwhelming tragedy that is the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, like so many others, I have wondered what I can do to help. Living in the Mid-West, donations are more likely than hands-on help. The Red Cross has requested monetary donations rather than items as much as possible, both to stimulate the local economies which are also devastated, and because transportation is such a problem right now. It has made me think.

Most knitters and crocheters impulse is to make items to give to those in need which is wonderful. But the ability to knit or crochet is also something that (as we all know from experience) is a way to calm and relax oneself in times of stress, as well as express emotions. Knitting and crochet are examples of occupational therapy which is of tremendous value to those suffering from emotional trauma and depression.

I would encourage anyone who is near the communities taking in refugees from Katrina, to consider sharing their wonderful skills with those in need. I'm sure time hangs heavy on those who are stuck in the shelters with little to do but dwell on their losses. In addition, to helping themselves, they may gain the joy of helping others. Perhaps someone who has lost everything will be able to find comfort in making booties, hats or blankets for the babies of families who have lost everything too.

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