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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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Crochet Hats

I was looking for something to do, because I had given crocheted blankets to everyone that I knew, and still have some packed in a hope chest. A friend suggested that I try to crochet hats. So I did and after giving away some to every one that I knew, I still had a lot left. I started asking around if anyone knew of a charity that could use them. So that first year I gave about 50 to the Christmas Shoe Boxes program. It just grew from there. For the last four or five years I have given approximately 200 hats a year to charities. I have continued to give 50 a year to the Christmas Shoe boxes, but now also give 50 each to two churches which give them to the children's homes that they support. I was giving 50 to a friend who, through her church, gave them to a woman's abuse and homeless shelter. That friend has since moved to another state, so I had an extra 50 and was wondering what to do with those hats. I quickly found another charity, the YMCA was doing a hat collection, so they are now my 4th charity for the year.
I refuse to sell even a single hat, because then my hobby would be a job. As long as I know that someone can get some enjoyment from receiving the hats, that is all I need, because I also get enjoyment from making them. The only thing I keep is a photo of anything that I crochet.

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