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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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Winter Warmers

I grew up and learned to knit in Davenport, Iowa, where the winters are really cold, and hand-knit items are needed and appreciated. Now, I live in Texas, where there's not as much need for warm clothes. My high school friend Helen volunteers at Christian Cares, a shelter for battered women in Rock Island, Illinois. Many women and their children arrive with only the clothes they are wearing. For the last five years, every fall, I have been sending to Helen a box of 20 to 25 knitted caps, scarves, and other small items, which she takes to the shelter. The shelter gives my items to women and children who need them. I've used mainly washable worsted-weight yarns. I often have small amounts of Lion yarns left over from other projects, and these can be combined to make attractive striped caps,for example, so that each item is unique. I always receive a nice thank-you note from the shelter's director, who has said that the residents are amazed and thankful that a person in Texas would care about them. Also, I am listed among the donors in the organization's newsletter.

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