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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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Hats for Homeless Veterans

My friend, Davina Rathbun, had just had gastric bypass surgery and needed something to do while recuperating.

We both knit and crochet and we got to talking about what we could do with it. I talked to my husband about maybe doing hats for homeless veterans. He is a veteran and is also very active in the Elks. He sugested being as I am also an Elk that we do it as an Elk veterans service project. That way we could get help with getting supplies. He volunteered to get the hats to Veterans Voluntary Services for distribution to homeless Veterans.

We made all kinds of hats with Lion Brand and other brands of yarn. Davina is a whiz at making hats and she made most of the over 180 hats that we made and distributed.

Unfortunately we ran out of funds for supplies and are trying to get stocked up to start again for this next winter. We want to expand this program to all of the homeless in Anchorage but we will have to wait and see.

Do you want to help? You might check with your local VA center or local hospital about doing hats or lap blankets for the homeless or for patients in the hospital. We have heard through Veterans Voluntary Services directors that the hats went over very well and were deeply appriciated.

We had a lot of fun making hats together and look forward to doing more.

Gloria Bowen

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