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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 Families of Park Slope Firefighters Lost on 9/11

Near where my son lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, there is a small brick firehouse. It is home to the elite Squad Company 1, which on September 11 lost 12 men.

I decided to recruit fellow knitters to help make 12 red, white and blue afghans, one for each of the families. We have actually made 13 now – the “extra” one will be kept at the firehouse.

Each afghan is different. Some were made by a group or guild, whose members knitted or crocheted rectangles that were sewn together. Others were made entirely by an individual. Some have ordered, geometric patterns; others are more freeform in design. But they all share the same meaning.

I wanted to do this as a way to remember and honor those courageous firefighters, and to let their families and the rest of the squad know that people care. I put a special tag on each afghan to try to express that.

Contributors to the project include: Helen Cunha; Fran Elovitz; Donna Lambert, Rita Marso; the Knitting & Crochet Group at the Kennedy Senior Center in Natick, MA; and the Knitting Guild of America, Long Island NY Chapter.

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