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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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The Potter's Hands

About four years ago, I was invited to join a group at my church who knit and crochet items for people in nursing homes. We deliver the items at Christmastime, and work on them all year. It is a blessing to see how happy our items make these people, some of whom have no family to visit them, and bring them things. I personally love the Thick&Quick yarn, as you can work fast and get items done. We make lap robes, scarves, shawls, and hats to distribute to people. There are, at the present time, four of us in the group. We started a class at a local senior housing center, and now these ladies also help us. We made enough articles this past year to distribute to three nursing homes, and also send items along on a mission trip to Eastern Kentucky, mostly baby items. We also made hats for school children who are in need.

Our group meets for an hour and a half once a week, but we work at home the rest of the time. I would encourage other knitters and crocheters to get into something like this. It makes you feel so good when someone smiles and loves the items you make. We gave one man at a nursing home a hat last year, and this year when we went back, he was still wearing that same hat, a little worn, but he was wearing it.

I hope that the people we make these items for know that someone cares about their comfort, but even if they don't, it gives us pleasure to do it for them.

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