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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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I belong to several charity oriented organizations, including the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH) and the St Vincent de Paul Society. The LAOH is a Catholic Irish group and our division adopted Christmas gift giving to needy teenagers through "Secret Santa of Southern Illinois". I make good use of any donated yarns (even the smallest left over is used to trim a hat or make a stripe) as well as yarns I purchase (on sale if possible); my favorite yarns to use are Homespun, and Vanna's Choice. I spend at least 2-4 hours per day knitting or chrocheting hats, scarves, writsers, and or mittens for this ministry. The items in the photos were made of donated yarn I was given in November 2013.

I also use plastic grocery bags to crochet sleeping mats for the homeless.

I would encourage others to pick up their hooks to help give the homeless a small bit of comfort and warmth.


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