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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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Chrysalis Scarf Project

In 1984 our church decided to start a food pantry for the members of the community in need. As a Deacon at the time we held a rummage sale to raise money to start the pantry. Through the years we have been given grants from the church, some from other sources. As the economy continues to struggle, needs increase. Our pantry serves three hundred or more households each month.
I have been a knitter for years. My dad always said that if I was sitting, I was knitting. I had made scarves for some of my friends and family members. I always said the when I made something for someone, I was thinking about them and praying for them when I was working on them. My daughter translated this in to Mom's Presbyterian Prayer Scarves. Someone saw a scarf that I was working on and asked how much I would charge to make them one. I turned this in to a multiplying of gifts for the pantry. I would take out money for the yarn for the next scarf and put the rest in our Deacons fund. Over a period of about a year there was enough to pay for half of a new freezer for the pantry.
I now have my scarves in a consignment shop that will help the friend that has the shop. The profits will continue to go to the deacons fund. I also am working on hats to sell there. The profits from this will go to a scholarship fund.
I don't keep track of the time I spend on these. It is something that I do when I am sitting. It fills my time as well as keeps my hands moving and keeps my arthritis at bay.

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