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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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Kaps 4 Kids

I have been a knitting fanatic since I was age 15. Since coming to the United States in 1991, I have managed to secure a fairly comfortable way of life and wanted to find some way of helping those less fortunate and indulging my passion for knitting.

The first year my mother (who taught me how to knit) came for a visit and between the two of us we managed to make 30 sweaters which we took to a local charity. This was fine but it was not exactly what I wanted to achieve. I was perusing some on-line sites and found a relatively simple pattern for a child's "beanie" hat. The following spring, my husband underwent surgery and while I was doing the usual waiting room stint, I made three of the beanie hats. That was just the beginning. By the end of that year I had made 100 hats that I took to Shriner's Hospital here in Sacramento.

Each year since then my husband and I make an annual trip to Joanne's craft store and purchase the yarn and I have made 100 of the beanie hats which are given to homeless children through local charities. Unfortunately I have not yet persuaded others to join me in this endeavor, but nevertheless I persevere with the project on a solo basis. In mid December I will be taking 100 hats and a dozen scarves to two local charities and have already started on 2010's hat project.


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