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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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Kaylee Mae'd

December of 2006, my neice found out that her baby girl would be born with Trisomy 18. Most babies with Trisomy 18 are not born alive. Our Christmas was spent ignoring my Nieces's pregnancy
(9 months). We couldn't talk about the upcoming Christmas with a little girl walking around. Even at that point Erin was encouraged to have an abortion and told to go ahead and make funeral plans. Erin & Johnny opted to have Kaylee by c-section on January 16, 2007. their prayers were answered Kaylee was born alive and while we were in the hospital waiting, I started crocheting preemie caps for the NICU. Kaylee's grandmother suggested we call them Kaylee Kaps. We wash and bag them with a little card with Kaylee's picture, poem and a Bible verse. Kaylee Mae Hinely lived 33 days. Since March of 2007, we have made approximately 1500 hats. There are 2 hospitals here in Savannah, one has a special care and the other NICU. Memorial receives the majority of our caps as they receive the most severe of the preemies in the area. I use the softest yarn that I can find for this project. I have use Babysoft, Cupcake, Cotton Ease and Microspun.

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