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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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My father passed away three years ago after spending 40 days at Hospice. The volunteers there welcomed him with a handknitted coverlet when he first arrived, as they do for all patients. When the patient leaves Hospice, the family keeps the coverlet that serves as a reminder of a warm hug from their loved one. The nurses there took such good care of my father that I wanted to do something to pay their love and caring forward, so I began to make simple afghans that I deliver to Hospice once a month or so. I keep my knitting beside my recliner, so I knit as I watch TV in my free time. I have made and delivered several dozen afghans so far, and have no plans to stop. I am also considering making simple warm, knitted hats for those patients who have lost their hair.

It takes a special kind of person to care for the dying, and to contribute to the comforting atmosphere the caregivers provide is a privilege for me.

I use round needles and four-ply yarn, casting on 80 stitches. I work in K1, P1, for about an inch and a half, then change to knitting every row. I try to choose bright colors, and work stripes into most of the pieces. I have made some that look like camouflage for veterans and hunters, and others in purples and pinks for ladies, and primary colors for children. I vary lengths, but most are about 50 inches long with shorter ones for children.

I attach a tag I make on my printer that says "Made especially for you with love and prayers. S. A. Kremer" to personalize each afghan a little more.

I would encourage others to "pay it forward" and knit for Hospice or any other charity that is meaningful to them. Just think how much comfort we could provide for one another through such a simple gift.

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