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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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Crafting for Charity -- so many choices!

It all started with Jean Corrazza, who has knitted and crocheted premie bonnets for years. She also makes burial shrouds for the babies and was talking about the amount of time that takes. I told her that I would start doing bonnets so that she could have more time to sew. Now I make about 50 bonnets a year. Much of that is done in meetings (where I now get grief if I am NOT crocheting!) and in church. It takes about 45 minutes to do a premie bonnet. Those are distributed through Care Ware,which has a wonderful stitch in each year for their volunteers where they distribute yarns that have been donated to help defray the cost to the volunteers.

Then I started making Linus Blankets. I have taught a couple of teenage boys to crochet and have had them each make one Linus Blanket.

Then Jean asked me to make black watch caps for the 82nd Airborne who had requested them for night manuevers.

And now we make caps for kids with cancer that have yarn braids attached.

Each time a kid that I know graduates from college they get an afghan made of Homespun. The leftovers are being made into a Warm Up America Blanket that I will take to Knit out and Crochet, too.

The charity component is an important part of my needlework, it is important to me to make something with my hands to pass on. I know what it means to my kids when I make something, I hope that the strangers that I make things for feel the caring that goes into what I make.

Another part of my charitable work goes into raising money to support these projects. Some of the crafters are retired and on fixed income and the mailing costs can become a budget-buster. So, I try to find ways to support that part of the effort.

As volunteer coordinator of the home arts building of the Montgomery County Fair I try to promote charitable work, as does the whole building. Each year we have a "you be the judge" contest, with the products goind to charities. Last year it was walker caddies for the elderly. Part of my efforts this year are to promote stitching groups, I am working on a theme of "you not only make crafts, you make friends." I hope to have chemo caps done that fairgoers can add the braids to, as that won't take stitching skill. We will also have flyers for Knit out and Crochet,too, and hope to have a different group each night stitch in our building.

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