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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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Comfort or Izzy Dolls

About 10 or so years ago I saw a program on W5. It was on Africa, specifically Kenya & Tanzania. I was so taken by the work Billy Willbond and his group were doing I suggested my craft group start knitting some of the dolls. As a result, word spread and I visited a couple of senior homes and got others interested. To date. we have knit over 6000 dolls and about 3000 Boomer caps. These are sent to countries all over the world to poor and often sick children. We even have one lady who herself has knit about 3000 dolls. Many of the dolls are used as packing for medical supplies and when the supplies reach the hospital they are sent to, the dolls are given to the sick children. When an AIDS child dies, the doll is buried with him/her. Many of the dolls are given to the military and distributed by the soldiers in Afghanistan, Bosnia and any other country they happen to be in. For more information, you can look ICROSS up on the internet. A number of ladies in our craft group continue to knit the dolls. Some of us also knit/crochet afghans for battered women shelters, the oncology section at the hospital for people undergoing treatment. We also take on a needy family or 2 at Christmas and knit gifts for them. Please see the ICROSS web page for some pictures as I don't know how to send them from my computer. Regards, Dorothy Zowty (

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