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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 started making Blankie Bags for foster children 13 years ago after a therapist requested a Blankie for a very traumatized 7 year-old girl. We were then called Luv Blankies for Foster Kids but over the years we have expanded, covering "forgotten" seniors in special care homes, girls and women who give up their babies for adoption (a special "Love" quilt for both birth mom and baby), and we just delivered 64 Christmas quilts to Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) on Dec. 23, 2013! Last year we delivered 262 Blankie Bags to the foster kids as well as to chemo patients, and other ill people. Since 2001 we have delivered more than 3,000 Blankie Bags to foster children alone. Kaufman Fabric supplies all our quilt-fabric needs and Fairfield Processing has helped us with stuffing for pillows and batting. The quilts are all quilted on a long-arm quilter equipped with a QBot that quilts almost anything that can be drawn on paper can be digitized and quilted -- leaping lizards, dogs, cats, toys, even our grandmothers' great quilt patterns! The children, especially, love the quilting and wonderful fabric especially for kids. We make good use of Lion Brand yarn in slippers and beanie hats! After a few years I moved our project to my church (Sunny Hills Church of Christ) and have had support there and from special quilting groups (Helping Hearts Quilters)and Moore's Sewing who sponsor "charity" sewing days to help make quilts and pillows.
Sadly, the only problem we have had over the years is problems in safe delivery of our wonderful gifts, especially to the children who need them the most. I will be 80 years "young" on March 4, but am still going strong due to great help and modern quilting equipment, but the knowledge of people stealing our work really makes me sad.
Oh yes, we also make "blankies" for the dogs and cats at the animal shelter! We get to deliver them ourselves!

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