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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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In appreciation of Lois

I learned to crochet at my mother's side when I was 12 years old. Since that time I have made so many things, most of which I had no place for, so I gave them away. In 1999 I became disabled, even spending half of a year paralyzed. Recovery was slow, and I crocheted to relieve the boredom. On the Internet I discovered Warming Families, a charity organized by Alan Osmond of the famous Osmond singing family. And that is how I began crocheting for charity. My personal preference is for the homeless. I shared this special organization with my best friend, her mother and her mother-in-law (crochet) and even with her husband, who knits. And it's really my best friend's mother-in-law that I desire to talk to about...

Louise Carder crocheted out of boredom. Her children are grown and her husband has passed away. She crocheted items for family, friends and neighbors. When I introduced her to the charity Warming Families and her soul was touched. Not that it is difficult to touch the soul of this beautiful and talented woman. She is truly one of generosity and kindness and I have the pleasure of knowing her as "Mama Carder."

About a year after Louise began crocheting for charity, it was discovered that she had cancer. As a result, hats became her passion. One of her sons suggested that she make some extra hats and offer them to fellow patients at the clinic where she recieves her treatments. So appreciated are her efforts that people have begun donating yarn to her so that she can continue spreading her God-given love and talent with others. To date she has crocheted well over 400 hats...and she is still going strong.

Louise Carder is a woman to admire for so many reasons. She is a very loving person and her heart is more than big enough to take in the friends of her children as her "adopted children" (of which I have the great pleasure of being included) and all of the fellow cancer patients, doctors and nurses she meets become her extended family.

I recently married and moved to another city, so I rarely see her anymore. But not a day goes by that I don't think of her and the many joys she has brought to my life.

I love you, Mama Carder!

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