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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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Throws for Soldiers

Using Lion Brand HOMESPUN yarn, I knit a simple lap robe that I send to a friend in Virgina, BigJohn Miska, who visits Walter Reed Army Medical Center every two weeks. BigJohn visits with the recovering wounded soldiers who have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. BigJohn is a disabled Viet Nam veteran himself, and has been visiting soldiers in VA hospitals for more than 30 years. When I heard about his visits, I decided to make lap throws from HOMESPUN yarn, the softest I could find, for these wounded American heroes.

It takes me about two weeks to complete one, and I send it on its way to BigJohn. He delivers it to a patient he thinks would like to have it, usually someone who has lost a leg in the war. The funny thing is, most of the time, the soldier's baby or toddler claims it right away, because it's so soft and comforting! I did make a baby blanket for one soldier's baby, when BigJohn asked.

I wish I could knit faster! I've made about six or eight of these so far. And I wish LionBrand would donate six skeins of HOMESPUN a month to my project (it gets expensive).

Thanks for collecting these stories. I can't wait to read about all of them soon.

Vicki Nichols
Indianapolis, IN

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