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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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Chemo Caps for Cancer Patients

Almost 5 years ago I quit smoking and needed something to occupy my hands and my mind as I watched TV in the evenings. I have always loved to crochet and used it as my stress relieving therapy but soon discovered that there were just so many baby blankets, scarves, or shawls that you could make and be satisfied!
That's when I saw the organization "Knots of Love" featured on your website. Since I live near a large metropolitan area with an excellent, extensive hospital system, I decided that I could make chemo caps and donate them locally.
For a while I just took them by the local American Cancer Society. Then a friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer. I offered to make some caps especially for her. Then the Infusion Center where she received treatments expressed their need for caps. Now I had a personal stake in the project and a place to distribute my work, but I knew it would be expensive for me to buy yarn continuously. When I mentioned to my Sunday School class what we were doing, they volunteered to finance my project by buying my yarn! I have used Pound of Love, Vanna's Choice, and Homespun from the Lion Brand collection along with other yarn that has been donated to our cause. The softer yarns make the best chemo caps.
After a little over 2 years crocheting on my own, I am currently working on cap #329. When I get a dozen or so completed, our class prays over each cap, we attach a copy of our prayer for the recipient, and I deliver them to the hospital. Our greatest joy comes when a recipient writes us a personal note letting us know which cap they chose and thanking us for our gift. We have even had one lady come to visit our class on Sunday morning to say "thank you" in person and testify about what the cap meant to her during her fight. (She is now cancer free!) I have another recipient who said she wore her cap especially when she was feeling down or frightened because it gave her strength and courage. I made a special trip to meet her at the hospital one day, and we have become Facebook Friends. (She, too, is now cancer free!)
There is nothing like the feeling you get when someone hugs your neck with tears in their eyes to say "thank you" for a gift you have given. Even though machine-knitted caps can be bought inexpensively in stores, the gift of a hand-made cap crafted with love and prayers is a much greater gift than money could buy!


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