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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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It's a Knitzvah, Temple Ohabai Sholom

Our Temple joins in with many other churches in Nashville in the colder months of the year to give the homeless shelter on cold nights. Because of the set up, a few years agao we were able to start hosting women and children, a harder group to house than just the men. Our religious school had always helped out making lunches and collecting socks and underwear for the men, and when we swicthed to women these efforts continued, changing to women's and children's undergarments. About that time, our Rabbi, Shayna Goldstein Mackler, started spearheading our women's group from a traditional Sisterhood to WELL (Women Engaged in Living and Learning). She suggested our fall meeting could be held in our Sukkah during the Harvest festival of sukkot, and our way of showing thanks for a bountiful harvest could include knitting handmade scarves for our upcoming guests, to make them feel even more cared for than being giving bought gloves and scarves, though they are always grateful for anything warm. A Mitzvah is basically a good deed, so she combined knitting and Mitzvah to create a name that would capture our attention and the intention of the project. I'm not a great knitter, but wanted to be a part of the group, so I actually crochet mine using my leftovers throughout the year, as well as starting a fresh one every year, with any great color from the Lions Brand line. It's such a great feeling knowing that my hobby can benefit others who genuinely seem touched to receive something made for them, not just simply handed down to them.

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