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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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Hats for Hope

Since 2008, one of our local credit unions (Tucoemas Federal Credit Union) has a Hats for Hope day on the 1st Saturday in October. People come from all over to make/donate hats, lap blankets or money towards helping people that are fighting cancer. Last year, they received 6,400 hats, 186 lap blankets & $3,500 in cash donations. The hats are mostly kept local & given out at a cancer treatment facility here in town.

I became involved the first year because my mother was an employee of Tucoemas & she taught me how to loom knit hats. Homespun used to be my favorite, but as I get older, I've had to start using other yarns including Vanna's Choice because those yearns have some stretchy-give to them that Homespun doesn't. I'm able to make about 5 a week, starting towards the end of spring & all summer long, during breaks & lunch at work. A lot of people ask me what I'm doing & why so I give them a brief explanation, offer to teach them how to make a hat & invite them to join us, some have even taken me up on it.

Our local paper does run ads before the event & then will have an article after the event.

A few years ago, I made a prayer shawl with Homespun & baby yarn that was supposed to go to Hats for Hope, but a friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer before the event, so I gave it to her instead. She keeps it on the back of her chair at work so when she has a bad day or just needs a hug, she can wrap it around herself (thankfully, she's been cancer free for 3 years).

My mother & I saw a lady wearing a hat that looked like one she'd made & complimented her on it. The lady said she got it when she was going through chemo & it's her favorite hat.

Finally, one of my coworkers said she saw a big basket @ the cancer society full of hats from Hats for Hope & blankets for people to take & she was really grateful to see all those hats available to help people.

Melissa Powell

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