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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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Prayer Shawls and More

If you think you would never knit for charity. Read This.

I have knit for charity for years. There are only so many afghans and things that you can knit for family and friends before they thank you and say they have all they need. I knit obsessively as one friend says. And I have knit mostly anonymously.

I have knit literally nearly one thousand hats, all kinds and all colors. They have gone to the county's hospital OB and Chemo wards. Waffle hats for the military and watch caps for Ships Project. Boxes of hats shipped to Arkansas Children's Hospital; and to places I don't even remember. I knit scarves for a foster child program. I've knit afghans for Warm Up America. I've knit for people I didn't know, but knew they had a need. I've knit Prayer Shawls for the sick and the lonely; for brides and for friends. I've knit for my own patients, and I have been blessed for it.

A friend and I knit teddy bears for sheriff's department to carry in their cruisers for children in accidents or victims of abuse. When we presented them to the sheriff and his deputy, we had our pictures taken taken for the newspaper with a couch overflowing with a rainbow of teddy bears. After the picture all four of us had tears in our eyes. We realized that for every teddy bear there was going to be a hurt child. Then we packed them in bags and they were in the cruisers that afternoon. I once thought I saw a child in town with one of the teddies, my heart broke and before I could look again, the child was gone.

I've knit everything with prayers in my heart and then washed and dried them carefully (I have a cat) and shipped them off. I wondered who would open that box at Arkansas Children's Hospital and have it explode with hats. Occasionally I heard the recipient didn't like the color or whatever but I didn't care. I kept on knitting, moving onto a new charity when it called to my heart. I knit with some donated yarn and mostly free patterns for which I have Lion Brand to thank. Mostly the cost has been out of pocket. I love to knit because it calms my heart, quiets my mind in a stressful world. Then the project goes on to another soul and I have room for another.

Sometimes when I wonder if it is worth it, I remember last year. I heard of a man getting chemo at the hospital, his bloodwork was showing things were getting worse. He carried on at the staff and nurse. When the nurse asked him what his favorite color was, he was silenced. She asked again. He said "It's red." She disappeared in a room and appeared with a dark red prayer shawl I had knitted and handed it to him. He wrapped up in it and had his treatment. Then took it with him when he left. His next treatment he brought the shawl in a bag. Came in and sat down, wrapped up in it and announced he was ready. I don't know how his teatment ended up but it was worth it. All the time, money, ripping and starting over, I prayed with each stitch.

If you never thought you would knit (or crochet) for a charity. Try it. Do it for someone in need. They will be blessed and you'll be blessed as well. Terri K. Monahan DC

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