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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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Covering Every Bald-headed Chemo Patient in Town...

Last summer at our campground, knitting classes were offered for beginners. The first 2 projects were a 5-foot long scarf & a roll brimmed hat on circular needles. I had a difficult time at first never having used circular needles before, but once I got the idea in my head, I was off & running.

By the end of the season I had accumulated so many hats that I had to find a practical use for them other than just gifts for family & friends. I suddenly had a vision of an aquaintance who suffered from breast cancer & had undergone much chemotherapy. She always wore a little knit hat similar to mine to cover her very bald head.

I decided to approach the Falck Cancer Center where my husband had been treated for cancer. Since then they have set up a display of my "Hats of Hope" & they disappear like hotcakes. I have been signed on as an official volunteer & my goal for November '04 is to have 50 hats ready.

I'm working alone & using primarily "Lion Brand Jiffy" & "Lion Brand Chunky USA". The first. year I was able to keep at least 35 heads warm. It takes about 5 hours to complete 1 hat & I still enjoy making them although I'd like to work in some other project like mittens & socks. I love the "Lion Brand" products & get most of my yarn by mail or at Michael's.

I never dreamed when I started that my little project would grow to what it is today. What I hope to do is cover every bald-headed chemo patients in Elmira.....

Joan Cunnings

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