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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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Hats for Hope

I belong to Epsilon Sigma Alpha which is an international, womens' philanthropic "sorority." Our biggest project is St Jude Children's Cancer Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

Several years ago, ESA started a program called "Hats for Hope." Those of us who knit or crochet got out our yarn and started making hats. In Kansas, one ESA state philanthropic project is Heartspring in Wichita, KS. It is a residential place for handicapped youth of all ages. So I knitted 40 hats and pairs of mittens for them. I used all kinds of odds and ends of yarn that was left over from projects that my mother-in-law had when she passed away.

A few years later when I was the local ESA chapter president. (I live in a town of 800 that is mostly retired farmers. We have to drive 30 miles on 2 lane roads to go to a "fast food" restaurant. There are no stop lights either.) I decided to learn to crochet and found a book that used up the left over yarn. I made 24 lap quilts for the local care home residents. All the quilt is, is a giant granny square. I have since made many baby afgans the same way. I always use yarn that can be put into the washer and dryer so they will get lots of use.

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