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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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Using my Gift to Gift

I am a 25 year old mother of boys who learned to crochet about 6 years ago, but only recently started to crochet avidly within the last year. My sole purpose for learning to crochet was because I wanted a scarf, but didn't feel like paying $15 for something so impersonal and itchy from a store. Oddly enough, I never made that scarf. I started with a baby blanket, then a hat, then a scarf for my husband, then hats for my kids, the list goes on and on. I found more joy in crocheting for others.
During this time, I had strayed far from god and was looking for my way back. I believe that God allows us certain talents so that we may use them for His glory. I knew that God had taught me to crochet for a purpose.
I soon found that purpose when I returned to His arms during the Easter season of 2008. My pastor had announced that he was going to Ecuador. Suddenly, there was a fire beneath me. I had no money of my own, for my husband was the sole provider in our household, but I had plenty of yarn and plenty of time. I found a beautiful starghan pattern and made it wondering where it was going. Suddenly it dawned on me that I should donate this balnket to the church to use for Ecuador. I talked to my assistant pastor and he suggested an auction in which the members could bid on paper for the starghan. I had finally found my purpose, but God had other things in store for me.
I then had a burden for a young mother that I saw all the time. I made her a shrug and left a note telling her to "shrug" off her problems and take them to God. I left my name as anonymous so as not to draw attention to me and away from His blessings. I later found out that she and husband were having difficult times. I was glad that God had led me to use my gift to gift.

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