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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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Knitting Lives Together

I Love to knit and Crochet and I love Jesus and people. I started this ministry at my church one year ago, to make hats and scarves for the homeless. My husband and I were sitting in a restaurant discussing where we would start to give the items we made out and a lady appeared at our table and said I have a street ministry for you. She told us about City Gates ministry in Olympia, WA. We went down to Olympia the next Thursday night and have been going ever since. City Gates is a street ministry that serves about 100 homeless people a night, where they can receive food, blankets, etc. We started passing out the hats and scarves and did so all winter, the people really appreciated the warm homemade items. We made over 100 sets last year. We like to use Hometown USA 100% Acrylic and wool-ease. I use a lot of Lion Brand Yarn, it is dependable and of good quality. Knitting Lives Together meets the second and forth Tuesday of each month. We all knit or crochet most every night. We also make blankets and sweaters for World Vision that get sent to different countries all over the world for children that are very poor and live in cold climates. We also took knit and crochet dishcloths to Haiti August 2013 and gave to women that were cooking outdoors in a boys Orphanage for 100 boys. This Orphanage is very poor and these women were very happy to receive them. We are leaving March 20,2014 to go to Colombia to a very poor area and Knitting Lives Together is busy making more washcloths to take with us. We took hats and scarves out onto the streets this past Christmas day and passed them out to homeless, those that this might have been the only gift they received. Many people were blessed my this, but we were the ones that were really blessed. To give is better than to receive. I would like to encourage anyone that loves to use their hands in this way to use it to bless others, there are many needs in our world and we can be the hands to help. Bonnie Schwartz

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