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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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Teddies for Tragedies NB

In the summer of 2005 a friend of mine gave me the pattern for the Teddies. What began as one friend passing a pattern for a Teddy Bear on to another soon became as a large hockey bag of Teddy Bears, dressed in bright colors and smiles, going with a group of doctors and other health care providers to the improvished island nation of Haiti in February 2006.
A story was written up in the local newspaper and from there we got many volunteers knitting for us and making bags. We received donations of unused yarn and material as well as quilt batting for stuffing.
Since our project started we have sent Teddies for Tragedies to Haiti, Congo, Uganda, South America, Nicaruga and in the New Year we are going to send more to Haiti, South America and "the children of the dump" in Mexico. We also donated many teddies to the Show Box project - Samaratins Purse - at a local church and believe some of these teddy bears are going to Afganastan and Haiti for christmas. In 2006 we sent out over 700 Teddies for Tragedies to these impovrished countries as well as donating some to Ambulance, Police, Terminally Ill patients and elderly.
This project is a labor of love and a joy to make these bears knowing it will brighten up a little ones life for awhile. If one of these Teddybears brings a smile to even just one little child the project is worth while.


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