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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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Lenten Project

What started out as a six week Lenten project in 2003 has blossemed into a weekly knitting and crocheting get together from 10:00-Noon on Thursdays at a local Assisted Living facility. Lent is a time of prayer and sacrifies, but we wanted to DO something for SOMEONE. We thought some of the ladies at the facility might enjoy working along with us and even if they couldn't knit or crochet, we would teach them or they could just join us and chat. The director of Sterling House told us about Binkey Patrol. A group who makes and donates blankets for Premies and hospitalized babies. Our intention was for this to be a six week project so we declined the offer.

By Easter, we all had so much fun, we decided to continue meeting and did form a chapter of the Binkey Patrol. Three shut-in ladies joined us and make their blankets at home. Some of our 9-11 ladies come every week, some once a month--whatever works into thie schedule. As of June 3, 2004, we have made and delivered 216 blankets to local hospitals, three Hospice groups, Birthright, and a Maternity home. (We have a couple dozen more waiting to be delivered) We have also made hats for Premies,lap robes and walker bags for some of the residents. This has turned into a project of love. We wonder about the babies and people we are making these blankets for and it has become a work of prayer. Sometimes we get some feedback, or thanks, but that's not why we are doing this. One red, white and blue blanket that we made was given to a W W II Veteran through one of the Hospice groups we. He died on Memorial Day with the blanket by his side. We've heard from some moms about the beautiful blankets their babies recieved at that hospitals and how touched they were that strangers would do such an act of love. Birthright said that the blankets sometimes are the only NEW item they recieve for their baby.

One of our ladies never crocheted in her life and now she puts us to shame with her designs and skill. This gal has taught her seven year old to crochet and now she will be joining us for the summer months.

Much of our yarn is donated and for that we are so grateful. In one of the donation bags we found several skeins of Homespun and those made up into wonderful blankets for Hospice because they were so soft. Sinc then we have purchased enough to make several more blankets.

We like to think or we hope that in our small way, we are changing the world-one blanket at a time.

Joanne Brown and group :-)




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