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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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Save the Children: Hats for War-torn Syria

I've been knitting hats for preemies born in our local hospitals for years, but when I heard about the Hats for the War-torn Syria project, I started knitting for them. The project was conceived by a group of knitters in Ireland and quickly spread to various yarn shops in the US. The project was wildly successful as 4,000 hats were sent to the various collection sites in Ireland, Oregan, Florida and New Jersey. When the hats landed in Aman, Jordan, they were unfortunately delayed at the airport. A 20% customs fee had been imposed (custom fees are imposed on clothing coming into Jordan). This fee was more than the organizers were prepared to pay. So, some of the hats were actually sold at a local school bazaar in order to pay the fee. To make a long story short, the hats finally arrived in the Za'atari Refugee camp one day before a snow storm hit...just in time! You'd think that this experience would deter the organizers from continuing with this project, but now they know what to expect and are again accepting hats. Go to or their page on Facebook for more information.

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