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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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Mary Madeline Project

I have an organization called the Mary Madeline Project. We make infant burial gowns out of donated wedding dresses. We also make blanket. We then donate them to hospitals for stillborns or babies who die in the NICU. I have several volunteers who crochet blankets. We have delivered over 1000 burial outfits. I have heard from many parents who tell me how much it means to them to receive one of our lovely gowns. It is very difficult to go to the newborn department of a store and buy a burial outfit. For preemies, there is often nothing small enough. The local media did a news story about us in April during our annual fundraiser. A mom who had lost a 19 week gestation baby was on with me. Her baby Zoe died in Feb. Since she contacted me, she has begun to crochet bootes, hats, dresses and blankets. It is very therapeutic for her. I started this orgainization after my granddaughter Madeline died at seven weeks of age. The Mary stands for Many Angels Reaching You. I have several volunteers who sew every week. One is a 76 year old woman in assisted living. It has transformed her life. I have another volunteer who was addicted to gambling, now she is addicted to sewing for the Mary Madeline Project. My web site is My email is Thanks!

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