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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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Prayer Shawls

I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 37 on July 20, 2004.

About a month or so (after a bilateral mastectomy in August) I received a Prayer Shawl from my local church (Grace Evangelical Luteran Church in Auburn, Maine). What a sense of warmth and caring that came from this special gift!

The ladies of the church use Homespun yarn and it is the most delicious feeling to have next to you when you're not feeling up to par.

Well, I became involved because I wanted to give back to my church as they had done for me. I started out crocheting (I can't knit a stitch right) making a smaller version for a 2 year old little girl in Texas who is suffering from liver cancer. What a tragedy.

"My little Meghan" should have received it by now and her aunt has assured me that a photograph with the shawl is forthcoming. I can't wait to see her little angelic face and I pray for her recovery.

Once I finished that project I started on the adult version to donate to my church, only to find out that a long time friend and neighbor who is 35 with 3 children has lukemia. Well, my crochet hook couldn't move fast enough! I finished this shawl for her and the church confirmands (one of which is my son) blessed this shawl during a special blessing ceremony so that we could get this shawl to her to help comfort her during her extended hospital stay (locally for 1 month and then off to Boston for a bone marrow transplant after the holidays).

I have been told that she will pull through this fine and we will now have a race to see who can grow their hair out the fastest.

This is a wonderful project and if every person who can knit or crochet just made 1 or 2 shawls, there would be many special people receiving the comfort they need in their own time of sorrow. Remember -- every good deed comes back 10 fold.

Thank you for allowing me to share these special memories with you.

Stacy Dumont
Poland Spring, ME

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