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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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Hats For Vets

Our neighborhood group in Olathe, Kansas has been knitting and crocheting for the wounded / recovering troops at the V A hospital in Leavenworth for 5 years. One of our members is also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. That group prepares stockings for the recovering vets every year at Christmas. We were asked to knit 75 hats for Christmas, 2007, and 100 hats for 2008. We actually turned in 150 hats for 2008, and there are only 6 of us doing the knitting! These hats are especially welcomed. They wear them while sleeping because the heat is turned down during the night.
We also make lap robes which are used during the time they are in wheelchairs, or put over their feet at night. They can be knit or crochet. Some are fancy, some plain.
We accept yarn donations from many sources, often the leftovers from some project. Even a strand only a few yards long can be put into a hat as a stripe. Red, white and blue are the favorites, so I try to put at least a little stripe of each into my hats, while still keeping them unique.
When we get donations of baby yarn, we make sweaters, hats or booties for a local charity for unwed moms.
And as our name suggests, when we get together we YACK a lot, serve a little dessert and just generally encourage each other in our projects.
Loretta Sharkey / Olathe, KS

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