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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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Christy's Club

My husband and I started Christy's Club after our daughter nearly died at six weeks old. She was flown from Michigan to the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital where she laid in the ICU for a week and had her first emergency surgery, the first of eight total surgeries. She was there two weeks before Christmas.

Every morning was a new "adventure" -- coming from the hotel at 5:30 AM to sit with her till very late into the night. I crocheted her an afghan to pass the time and relieve stress. But every day brought with it gifts from nurses and strangers alike. Her life was so uncertain at the time, yet daily she recieved stuffed animals, clothing, and other gifts. At a time when I was loosing faith in everything, the kindness of strangers taught me that there was hope to cling to.

We were so grateful to take our little girl home on Christmas Eve. We could share her first Christmas, one we didn't think she would live to see, with family. When we left the hospital after those two agonizing weeks, we left with a big bag full of the things strangers had given to our Christine.

As a result, in an effort to give back a fraction of what we were given, we started Christy's Club.

We do one of several things. At Christmas we collect and buy new stuffed animals and hand deliver them to children in the hospital at the University of Minnesota. I knit and crochet sweaters, booties, hats, and afghans and give them the babies in the NICU in all local hospitals. I do this year round. I fill a box with 50 items and give the box to the unit in which and nurses and other staff give them to preemie babies to take home and to use in the hospital.

I've also started knitting teddy bears to give at Christmas. I have now begun asking for outside donations from other knitters and crocheters for afghans, swearters what ever they wish to make for the babies.

We've been doing this for going on six years. We are looking into going nonprofit this year as we are finally moving into a house and will have space to work. This has been one of the most rewarding things I've ever done. And I will keep doing it for the sake of the children.

I love my craft. I started knitting and crocheting heavily when Christy was in the hospital, it was my stress release that I despritly needed. Now I can't stop. I will knit with or without Christy's Club. But with giving to the babies I can have the best of both worlds -- I knit and I can give back all at the same time.

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