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Caring and Sharing

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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When You've Been There ...

I like to knit and crochet hats for babies in the NICU at Carolinas Medical Center. I started this project because I had heard about it from a friend. I really only half-heartedly decided to make these hats; I had a healthy baby girl and was a busy Mom involved in my MOPS group and my church.

Then everything changed.

A friend of mine who had lots of difficulties becoming pregnant was due to have her first baby in August, 2002. I made several hats for my friend's son and a few for the baby I was expecting in November. All was well until their baby was born and it was discovered that he had a very rare disease and might not make it. He was in the NICU for three months. My sweet son was born on November 5, 2002. He was uncoordinated in his breathing/swallowing/sucking and had to spend the night in the NICU.

There, I saw my friend and her baby and lots of other parents and their dear little ones struggling for life. My son was back in the regular nursery the very next day, healthy and strong, but that night my friend's son died.

I didn't know what to say or what to do.

Here I was with a healthy newborn son and they were planning a funeral. A few weeks after we came home from the hospital, I decided that I would use the yarn stores that I had and make baby hats for the NICU.

I happen to know two of the nurses who work there and see them on a regular basis at church. I have now knitted and crocheted nearly 100 preemie-size hats for the NICU. I love to use the Lion Brand Wool-Ease because it is so soft and the colors are so very beautiful.

My friend the nurse told me that one Mom was so excited to get a hat that I had made. Her son had a shunt and several wires attached to his head. He was just a week old and her pastor was coming to see him and to pray over him. She really didn't want her pastor to see all of the things sticking in her son. She wanted him to see how beautiful her son really was.

My friend the nurse gave her one of the hats I had made. It fit over all of the wires and the shunt and framed his little face so beautifully. She was so thankful that someone had taken the time to make a little hat for her dear son.

It is different when you've been there.

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