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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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Jabez Blanket Ministry

I belong to Cedarview Community Church in Newmarket, Ontario, and we began a compassionate ministry to orphans in Haiti and now Africa. We make (either crochet or knit) an afghan for each child and we also provide a packback full of school supplies and a stuffed animal (teddy bear, bunnies, etc) for each one.

I have used different Lion Brand yarns while involved in this ongoing project - just last week we bundled up our third shipment - this one was 150 afghans/back packs for the Village of Hope in Africa. The first shipment was 65 to Haiti, then we did our first shipment to Africa (between 50 & 75) and now our third shipment of 150.

As a group (and we have a full age range) we meet every second Monday through the fall, winter and into May - then we break for the summer, but the women who do these also work at home, on weekends and over the summer. We need forty squares for one afghan. We have some ladies who simply come and weave long ends in before the squares go on to the final stage of outlining them black. We have other ladies who have come never having knitted or crocheted before, they learn one or the other art (sometimes both) and then they beging to produce squares as well.

We have displayed our works at the church to encourage other ladies to join us and we have even had a group of young girls work together and complete one afghan together to earn a badge for their girls group.

This ministry has spread to other churches - we are now even teamed with a church in Northern Ontario and their group has blessed us with a lot of beautiful afghans.
We all feel so good about what we are doing and sending these to the orphaned children (these are Aids victims who has lost all family members to this disease)and recently we got a video of the children opening their back packs - we all cried when we saw their faces. We love our work and are busy putting more squares together for the first meeting in the Fall.

(P.S.) I started using Lion Brand yarn about 3 years ago, I was in the USA and looking for yarn for a project to make afghans for twin boys - you had one called I believe a Pound of Love and you said the huge ball would make one afghan - I didn't believe what was written so I bought three huge balls, but true to your word each ball did make one baby afghan and they are still in great shape today even after the boys are two years old. Thank you!
Mrs. Eileen Critch

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