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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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Warm Weather Chemo Caps

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I have had cancer 2 times - the first time in 1984 I was given only 2 months to live. HA surprised them! 2 years ago I had a mastectomy because the excessive radiation in 1984 caused a breast tumor. They weren't expecting me to live long enough to develop problems from treatment.

I lost my hair for over a year and St. Louis summers get very hot and humid. A wig is not an option and knitted chemo hats can also be very warm.

I found a company that donated baseball hats to our Guild. I named the cause We Care Caps! Our Greater St. Louis Knitter's Guild was notified that the next meeting would be "Embellishing We Care Caps". They were given suggestions for making bands, bows, flowers, bowling pin/ball, bunny, etc. ANYTHING that could decorate a ball cap and make it more fun to wear than something hot.

The GSLKG showed great interest and came to the meeting with many wonderful ideas and LOTS of glue guns. We made 150 caps in that one meeting. Many Fun Fur bands, Homespun bands, cotton bows and ribbons....they were so fun to do and we KNEW that donating them to a new cancer care center in our area would be much appreciated.

It was a blessing to us as well as the many recipients. The local TV station came to my house and filmed as well as the hospital sent their photographer and a representative to the meeting where we were making the caps.

We're certain that people wearing these fashionable caps have a better feeling about themselves and this hot weather won't be so awful for them.

SECOND
I LOVE to knit - it's one of the most prominent passions in my life. I wanted to give back after surviving cancer 2 times. 16 people from our church began gathering in our home on Wednesday nights to learn to knit.

We would identify people in the congregation who were experiencing a life-changing event....maybe the death of a spouse, becoming more housebound than a person would like, a baby in NICU, someone undergoing surgery....we each would choose one of these church friends and begin knitting scarves (rather than shawls)and praying for each individual situation. We named the group Knit One, Pray Two.

We made a scarf to be donated to "Art" on a Sunday. On Friday night, before, Art died. His wife still came to the Sunday presentation to get Art's scarf made with loving hand. Bessie sleeps every night with Art's scarf.

In addition to knitting, we have a light supper together, we laugh, we help each other with knitting messes :) We have grown together as best friends. We made 36 scarves for our church auction to raise money for the children's playground and we prayed prayers of thanks that the parents were raising their children in a Christian surrounding.

Altogether, this group has made over 100 items.....items filled with love and hugs and prayers for healing.

Carol in St. Louis
Today is a GIFT - that's why it's called the PRESENT


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