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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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Chemo Caps and Lap Afgans for Nursing Homes

I lost a very special friend to cancer. While she was taking chemo treatments, she asked me to make a hat for her to wear and so I made her a couple. I decided then to make chemo caps for other chemo patients. I started getting yarn when I could find sales (which is not often) and enlisted the help of 3 friends. We all make the caps and take them to the chemo center in Hanover, NH. We donated about 100 last year and are already making more for this year. We hope to donate 200 or more this year. I feel this project has benefited people for whom donations were made so they do not have to wear the stereotype turbans when they have cancer. They can look like every one else.

I also use the scrap yarns to make lap afgans for local nursing homes. I make them during the year and at Christmas time, I wrap them up and take them to nursing homes and ask that they be given to patient there who are forgotten. I usually do 5-10 per year and choose a different nursing home each year.

I would encourage other knitters to think of projects such as this as I do not know of any other such in our local area. The chemo hats have been a hit at the cancer center. I was told that they have a "Hat Day" in the fall each year for patients to pick out hats they want. Then, throughout the year, they are displayed for people to take as they need.

Such a project makes a person feel very good inside to be helping others.

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