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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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Newborn Beanies

A few years ago a group of us made scarves for the Special Olympics. Afterward, a lady at my church mentioned that the local Army hospital needed hats for the neonatal unit. Unlike the other public hospitals, they did not receive many donations. To my delight they allowed knit or crocheted hats of any design. For the past few years my family has made hundreds of hats.

One year an aviation squadron was stationed at the Army base. The new parents were delighted when we made some aviator style newborn hats. Lion Brand has been a favored yarn of mine, especially the bright colors of Vanna's Choice. They are perfect for aviator, bear, pumpkin and other fun hats.

My sister and I are designers and we often go through several prototypes before settling on a design. Rather than selling the prototypes, we like to donate the little hats to the hospital.

A friend remembered when his son was born. They gave the baby a knitted hat. Though my friend never knew who knitted the hat, he was touched that someone would spend the time to make his precious child a hat to help him keep warm.

Giving to a charity does not always have to take a lot of time, like hats for newborns, but the gifts are much loved. There are many local, national and international organizations that accept donations. You can find many of those online. Find the one that touches your heart and through that you can touch someone else's!

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