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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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The Mitten Project

Since 1983, the Attleboro Area Council for Children has sponsored its only gift-giving program called Christmas is for Kids. This program provides a happy Christmas to children who would otherwise go without a gift on Christmas Day.

For a few years, a local Girl Scout Troop had a "Mitten Tree" at the local library, collecting hats, scarves and mittens for CifK. A long-time knitter with many many nieces and nephews, I had accumulated quite a stash of leftover yarn, and wondered for years what to do with it. I could make mittens for kids, I thought… and The Mitten Project was born.

Using patterns from magazines and the web as a guide, I developed a pattern to make 5 different sizes of mittens. Each pair is tied together and has a tag that says "Hand Knit for You", "Machine Wash and Dry", and a line for the age of the child it should fit. I make one pair every week, and give CifK 50 pairs of mittens three weeks before Christmas.

I use any worsted weight yarn that is machine washable and dryable; it would be so unfair to give mittens to a child that would shrink when washed. I prefer 100% acrylic that comes in great colors, wears well, and washes beautifully, like Vanna's Choice or Pound of Love.

In 2012 I was honored as a Champion for Children by the Council. It was such an honor to included with others who have done so much more. I hope that each child that receives a mitten I have made especially for him or her knows the thought and wishes knitted in.

Louise Cote
North Attleborough, MA

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