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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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Mother Bear Project

Joining the Mother Bear Project just seemed like a natural thing to do after seeing the bears, the knitters, and the children hugging their new best friends at When I mentioned knitting bears for children living with AIDS and trauma in Africa and India to a coworker/friend who liked to knit, she was just as excited. She and I developed the idea to send the idea out to the campus staff (we work at a small liberal arts college) and see if anyone else wanted to knit bears. We were overwhelmed by the response and interest.

The short version is we have about 2 dozen knitters(some who are learning to knit to be able to make bears) knitting anywhere from one to a dozen bears. The mother of one of my coworkers heard about the project and donated a car trunk full of yarn. Another coworker works at a local craft shop, and she has them donate extra yarn to the project. We use worsted weight for the most part, some of it purchased, some of it donated.

There are two knitting groups which get together weekly to knit during our lunch hours, and many knit in the evenings at home. We mailed the first group of completed bears to Minneapolis. Two of us were interviewed on the local PBS radio station and photographed for a local weekly newspaper. I don't know how the children will like my bears, but I knit each very differently so there is a special bear for each special child in need. When people ask me what I do for fun, I tell them I'm a Bear Knitter. They usually think I've said bare knitter, and it opens the way for me to tell them about the Mother Bear Project.

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