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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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Sam's Afghan

Although I had knit and crochetted for nearly 50 years, I had never knit an afghan. I had some pink Woolease given to me by another knitter. I decided it would be my first knit afghan. As I knit, I began praying for Sam, a young teen experiencing cancer. I didn't know Sam but my daughter worked with Sam's Grandma "KK" who shared her concerns for Sam. As the afghan grew and prayers for Sam grew more intense, I wondered if the afghan should be given to Sam.

I just couldn't justify a pink afghan for a teen boy suffering such a horrible illness as his tumor. Besides that, I was not entirely pleased with the shade of pink. It was sort of an odd shade of pink and not a true tint. I began to argue with God about the idea. Persistent thoughts of Sam using the afghan after it was done continued whenever I began knitting and praying.

At last, the afghan was complete. I hid the ends, blocked it and folded it. As I sat there holding it and praying for Sam, God's presence was very real. "Don't you think, Judy, that with all Sam has to face, he can handle using a pink afghan?" I wrapped up the afghan, wrote a short note to Sam telling him why a stranger was sending such a gift. I explained I thought God wanted him to have it.

KK told my daughter that Sam was touched and used it every day. She added that Sam's mother, another Judy, was very touched and would write me someday when she could. Reports of Sam continued. He was getting better, stronger. Then the tumor began to grow again and he began to weaken. Two families grieved together over a dying young man who had been so courageous. Sam died at home with his Father and Mother; he died covered in his pink afghan.

About a year after Sam's death, I met Judy. She said I had no idea what that pink afghan had done for Sam and the family. Whenever he went to the doctor or had a treatment, he would have his pink afghan with him. She said the note was always where he could reach it to read it. She told me the afghan was a sign of hope and comfort for the whole family. When Sam was cremated, his urn and the afghan had a place together by their fireplace.

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