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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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Comfort Afghan Project

We crochet afghans for Verde Valley Sanctuary in the Cottonwood/Sedona/Clarkdale area of Arizona,the Verde Valley. The VVS is a residential domestic violence shelter for women and their children. An afghan is given to each person at their intake interview at the shelter. The residents then use these afghans as part of their bedding and take them when they leave.

We have been doing this since 1994 and have donated 870 afghans to the Sanctuary. It started as a very casual crochet group and some of the crocheting was not really up to par. Since the residents of the shelter are there partly to develop their self-esteem, we decided the afghans needed to be wonderful. So we started a class and taught the proper ways to crochet. This class is still ongoing 10 years later but has evolved from a class to a crochet group. We meet twice a month and take turns presenting a square for the group to crochet. Then each member makes about 6 squares before our next meeting. The presenter is charged with joining the squares. We are down to about 6 members but have usually had 10 or so plus a few stray knitters who make squares for us at home!

Our yarn is really 'catch as catch can'. We charge each member $1 per session so we can buy any matching or coordinating yarn that we need. But we really rely on donated yarn and advertise in local newsletters. We have been featured in the Sedona Red Rock News with pictures and articles many times and love the attention.

We don't have much feedback from the residents as they keep their residency private but the shelter employees are very grateful for our donations. If they didn't have these afghans, they would need to raise money to purchase blankets.

Ann Tedrick

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