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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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Bette's Knitting Circle, Friends Who Care

I started this charity organization about 4 years ago. We started small, donating 28 scarves the first year. Today we have made over 500 hand knit and crocheted items that have gone to Long Island Cares, Inc.,for the homeless and Women's Shelters; Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition,for Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors; Gurwin Nursing and Rehabilation Center in Commack, New York. For the Gurwin residents we have donated beautiful lap blankets and capelets that the staff distribute on their "Birthday Cart" once a month to those residents whose birthday falls in that month. We use mostly Lion Brand Yarn in particular Vanna's Yarn, that we find to be soft and wonderful to work with.
We have also made preemie hats and blankets that will be donated to a Neonatal Unit in one of the local hospitals. Our next project will be to knit helmetliners and scarves for our Man and Women over in Iraq and other war zones.
We continue to get new volunteers who have joined us in our monthy knitting circle. We meet on the second Tuesday of every month at Gurwin. An article with a picture of our knitting group was featured on Newsday's craft blog on May 30, 2007.
I know by the reaction of the staff at Long Island Cares,Inc. and other charities that we donate to, how happy they are to accept these items for people in need.

I can only say to other knitters and crocheters how wonderful it is to do something for others that have much less then you have. Take a little time and knit or crochet and see how enriched your life becomes. How everyday worries and problem get much smaller when you do for others. I know from first hand experience, after being diagnosed with Breast Cancer back in 1993, I founded this group of dedicated women who do such positive things for our Long Island Communities.


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