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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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Many Hands Make Light Work

Every month, the students, faculty and families of St. Elizabeth Catholic School in Rockville participate in an outreach program to benefit others.

My project was inspired by "Warm-up America", a national organization that collects knitted and croched squares and assembles them into blankets for the needy. My other inspiration is my passion for needlework. I love to crochet, cross-stitch and sew. Girls today love crafts, but have no one to teach them and so began this service project at St. Elizabeth School.

For about 10 weeks, I gathered interested 7 and 8th grade girls and taught them how to chain, single, double crochet. Our project was to make 6" x 6" squares in pastel colors and I would assemble them into a quilt for St. Ann's Maternity Home. We completed one beautiful blanket and I am finishing a second to be donated next year.

The girls loved this project; one girl crocheted during her commute, on vacation and on her way to tournaments! I will continue to teach the middle school girls how to crochet next year. Our outreach projects for next year include: scarves for a local men's shelter and more blankets for the local maternity home and shelters. We'll see how much we can accomplish next year and the girls love seeing all of their hard work come together! I tell them "many hands make light work".

-Kathy Bartlett
St. Elizabeth Catholic School
Rockville Maryland

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