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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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Afghans for Afghans

Two years ago I read a little article in our local newspaper about a project called "Afghans for Afghans". I went to their website to find out more - and I was inspired! The non-profit group collects home-made afghans, hats, mittens, and sweaters and takes them to people, especially children, living under deplorable conditions in Afghanistan. Did you know the winters were so harsh there?

I went to my son's elementary school and with help from administration and teachers, set up a mini "Afghans for Afghans" project. The school newspaper ran an article on it, and asked for donations of yarn and crochet hooks, as well as encouraging anyone who was interested to craft 7" squares. We were amazed at the numbers of squares that almost immediately started to materialize, donations from mothers, grannies, neighbors and friends!

In addition, a few parents got together at the school one lunchtime a week to provide any students who were interested with a crochet hook and some yarn, and taught them how to crochet. Besides leading to precious squares made by children's hands, this turned out to be a wonderful opportunity for our boys and girls to learn a new skill.

Unfortunately, our school had to shut its doors last summer because of budget cuts. But to this day I still get bags of squares, sometimes anonymously placed on my doorstep, and I continue to sew them into lovely, warm, colorful afghans. Together we have completed 22 afghans and several bags full of hats and mittens. I am grateful that we have been able to send a little warmth to the people of Afghanistan, and very proud of all the people, especially the children, who have enthusiastically participated in this project.

If you are interested in getting involved, please go to www.afghansforafghans.org for more information.


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