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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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Chemo caps, prayer shawls and hat to help!

My best friend's mother was recently diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. However, she went through chemotherapy to try to prolong her life and she lost her hair. My friend explained to me that she purchased her mother some wigs but since they live in Florida and it is so hot they were not comfortable for her mom to wear. Since I crochet, however I only crocheted a little here and there and only afghans for my home. Well, I told her I wanted to help so I want to Joann's in Winchester, Va and purchased a few crochet pattern books on different kinds of hats and caps. I tought myself to read the instructions and became quite good at understand them fast. I made her several hats using cotton and baby soft yarns and she loved them. She wore some to bed (caps) and others (hats with rims) out to help her feel more comfortable. Well, it not only helped my best friend's mother, even a little, but I found it helped me with my depression and it was almost therapy for me. I missed crocheting for someone else so I contacted my local American Cancer Society and offered to make them the hats and caps I told them about and they immediately thought I wanted them to puchase them from me. I explained that in on way was I wanting any payment and it was a donation from my heart and I would use my own money to purchase the materials and donate my time and love to help others. They requested prayers shawls too so I was just on your web site trying to find a few patterns so I can make them too and donate them along with the hats. I can not tell you how this has helped me become, not only a better person, but it has helped me with my depression and selfishly is a therapy for me. So not only is someone getting something to make them feel better but by doing this for them, I am helping myself heal and become a better and happier person. Thank you for your free patterns and I will keep searching your websites for sales on cotton yarns for my projects! Thank you Joann! Stephanie Johnson, Stephens City, Virginia!

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