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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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Keeping The Homeless Warm

I started my project at the end of May 2011 . I am crocheting 100 scarves and hats for the homeless in Vancouver , BC , Canada .A friend of mine knows a group called the Street Angels who go downtown Vancouver several times throughout the year to feed and clothe the homeless . I , myself was a street person trying to put myself through school and later I was in better circumstances and was able to go to nursing school . When I graduated I started working at the inner city hospital , St. Pauls. There I worked with many street people and enjoyed being of comfort and assisstance to them .

After becoming disabled and no longer able to help in this field , I thought it would be wonderful to start this project .So far I alone have crocheted 25 scarves . All the wool I have provided by me and a few donations here and there . I have used the 4 ply and the baby wool doubled to make the scarves . I have used so many different colors alone and combined . I now have my girlfriend crocheting slippers that they can either wear inside their foot wear or when they bed down at night to keep warm . It is just her and I doing this .

I do up 1 - 2 scarves per night permitting on my pain level , I have just recently had lower back surgery and am waiting for a hip replacement . I have troubles walking and taking care of my 3 three dogs and husband . But I sit and crochet and in between I take care of the family .

If many knitters and crocheters were to do this for their home towns it would greatly benefit the homeless and keep them wrapped up warm with items that came from the heart . There are so many people out in the cold and need some love and warmth .

I don't need to know how this has affected the people. I have done this for them because I know in my heart that they will have a little more warmth and comfort .I am sending a pic , the best I could take of 20 scarves . When I hit 50 I will be taking a new pic .Thank you for letting me share my story and I hope it will Help others to see what a simple comfort and blessings of warmth they can give to those less fortunate ,,,,, DENISE LAVIGNE

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