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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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My Mitten Project

Nine years ago, I was teaching in a first grade classroom. It was a small school and there were only 4 students in my class. One little boy forgot his mittens and school rules said he couldn't go outdoors until he had mittens. I knit a pair that afternoon. With four students in the room, I couldn't leave my other three out, so I made mittens for them too. Then there was a small kindergarten class, about 9 kids, so I made mittens for them. Then the 9 second graders wanted mittens, and before I knew it, I'd made mittens for the whole school. I liked the feeling and did it again the next year, and also for the first grade at a neighboring school. I kept adding mittens and last year I knit 500 pair of mittens and donated them to local schools. This year, if I knit 700 pair, I will have donated over 3,000 mittens in the years of doing this project. I read a story to the children and then lay about 50 pair of mittens on a table and let them chose their mittens.

I use mostly donated yarn - the habit got very expensive. My goal of 2 pair of mittens a day takes a lot of yarn.
I would tell other knitters to start in their own back yard. When searching for a chairity, remember local schools need help.

The Elkader newspaper and Cedar Rapids Gazette both did articles on me in past years. My work doesn't affect a lot of people really, but it warms my heart to see children wear hand knit mittens.

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