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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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United Way Sale Table

Sticks & Strings started in November of 2012 because my co-workers wanted to learn to knit or crochet. Three of us volunteered to teach and help the beginners with their projects. We began by meeting twice a week during our lunch hours (1/2 hours). The time passes very quickly, and as our beginners became more confident, we suggested that it would be nice to continue to share our skills by hosting a sale in our workplace to support the United Way Campaign. We began stitching in July for the October campaign, and decided to focus on useful items that would not cost much to purchase. Most of the yarn was donated from my formidable stash, and other members contributed as well. Items made included: Tea Towels, Dishcloths, Hanging Towels, Shopping Bags, Bottle Cozies, Coffee Cuffs, Hats, Neck warmers, Headbands, Hairbands, Scarves, and Slippers!! It was a great learning experience in terms of finding out the protocols involved with having a sale in the workplace as well as what items are in the highest demand. Our first sale took place over two days and netted $251.00 which will go towards women's charities in the community through the United Way Campaign.

The success of the club has given a great deal of impetus to all of us to pass on skills and share with others who could use a bit of warmth in their life. Although our sale was only yesterday, we have already started our next project which is to donate as many warm hats, mitts, & scarves as possible to our local Snowsuit Fund. It gets awfully cold here in Ottawa!!!

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