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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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Hats for Holden

My name is Marlena, I am 15 years old and I am a crcocheter. Just last year my grandma taught me how to crochet and I picked it up and started a few scarves in the fall but was longing to do something more. It didn't feel quite right to be making something all for myself so I went on a search for a charitable organization and I didn't find any that I could relate to.
After a while of looking, I got impatient and decided to start my own charity, Hats for Holden. Hats for Holden services a local hospital with hats and blankets for the sickest newborns in the hospital. This is close to my heart because years ago I was THE sickest baby in the hospital and for the last 15 years I have wanted to give back and now is my chance.
Over the winter (February 2010 until late March 2010) I crocheted 50 baby hats and one blanket to give to the hospital. It took me about one hour to do each hat and about 10 hours to do the blanket, 60 hours. I dedicated my weekends to this and some school nights.
I used Lion Brand Pound of Love because it is so economical for a project this size and it is safe to have in the ICU because it isn't a fuzzy yarn. When I dropped off the hats, I had this feeling of pure joy because I was going to that hospital not to be a patient there, but to help those who were. When I gave that box to the community relations coordinator she was amazed that a kid who 15 years ago was given a 25% chance of living is not only living, but giving back to a place that gave me so much.
Although I do not personaly know who I have helped due to confidentiality agreements, I know that these things mean more than I can probably imagine to these families.
I do encourage everyone who has recieved, to give if you are able to because you would be helping peoople just like you.
When I started making these hats, there was a program going on at my school that encouraged kids to do community service in their area and I signed up and said I'd donate hats to this hospital. I signed up because the program was there but when the ceremony for the kids who participated came along, I did not attend because I don't need recognition and there was actually a sale on pound of love at my local craft store. I decided to spend my evening making more hats instead of getting recognized. Why go somewhere for two hours to get recognized for this when I could have made two more hats, in which I did.
These babies mean so much to me and it is the least I can do to give back to a place that has given me so much.

Michigan! Go blue for MOTT!

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