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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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Flood Relief

Until very recently I lived in Schoharie County in upstate New York. In 2009 I knit an infant sweater and donated it to SCCAP for them to gift to a client of their choice. A few months later, I made another. I'd have my husband deliver the items, as he went into the village on a weekly basis.

At some point one of the workers suggested to my husband that if his wife wanted to make something for them, they'd appreciate children's hats for them to donate to schools in the county at Christmas. And so, a great cause for me, was born.

I'd use what stash I had to crochet some hats. My husband would deliver them. Occasionally I'd buy some yarn at our local Wal Mart, my only source of yarn in the county, just so I could keep my fingers moving.

One day my husband came home with a large bag of yarn. One of the women from SCAAP had gotten the members of her church to donate what stash they no longer wanted and she turned it over to me.

In 2011, Schoharie County was devasted by Hurricane Irene. The children started school a month late. They had nothing but what they had been wearing that August morning they were evacuated from their homes.

Over the course of three years I must have crocheted a few hundred hats as well as dozens of sets of mittens. SCAAP made sure every child that needed got a hat.

When the need was no longer as great in Schoharie, SCAAP sent my things to Indian reservations or to groups in the UK. This I only found out about when my husband turned in my last donation and let the folks know we'd be moving.

I got the loveliest thank you card. I only met a few of the women who worked at SCAAP once and never met any of the children. Yet that thank you card filled me with such warmth and gratitude that donated stash enabled me to put it to such good use.

I've only got a picture of the very first sweater and the first hat. The hat was a combination of knit with a crochet border. I simplified the hats later on so more could be made.

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