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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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The great feeling of giving

I have been knitting and crocheting for over 30 years. Suddenly I discovered that most of my friends were finished having babies. I still wanted to knit and crochet blankets.

About 5 years ago, I started making blankets and storing them in my closet. I looked on the Internet for groups that were collecting blankets. I found Project Linus. I am guessing that I have made at least 30 for them. And I also have sent at least 25 to The Dr Laura Foundation's My Stuff Bags.

Project Linus donates blankets to children who are undergoing chemotherapy in the hospital. Dr Laura's My Stuff Bags are for abused and neglected children. They disperse over 60,000 of these bags every year. These children have been taken from their homes for protection and sometimes leave with nothing.

When they get to the shelter, they are given a Bag with a blanket and age-appropriate toys. Dr Laura has read many letters from Social Workers about how these children react when they get their Bags. I find myself wondering if they have received one of mine. What joy!!

Last year our community was devasted by wildfires. When I brought my blankets to Project Linus, the volunteer said that they had been able to provide 1,900 blankets to families with nothing!! Now this impressed me. There are times when I might feel that my efforts are so small, however this is not the truth. I am so very humbled to think that my 'hobby' has brought such happiness in others' lives.

I use many of the Lion Brand yarns because they are so soft and special for the children. They wash up beautifully and the blankets last forever. I know, both of my daughters have Lion Brand afghans that are now in their college dorms!

I would encourage anyone who knows how to knit or crochet to make blankets for charities. They are so appreciated. In fact, just recently a friend has asked me to start making blankets for her hospice patients. Knitting to me is my therapy in the evening after a long hard day. I am turning my therapy into a wonderful gift to my world. In fact, I have now taught my daughter to crochet and am teaching a few other women to do the same.

I would also like to thank you Lion Brand for giving me this opportunity to write this. I have been feeling a little out of it, and this has brought me much pride.


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