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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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Mittens from Alice

I had a foster sister named Alice and she was gifted in many ways. I learned to knit at the age of 8. Alice lost her youngest son at the age of 7 and shortly afterwards put her many talents to use....

She started making mittens for the inner city schools - about 4 of them. She bought used jackets, pants and shirts and repaired them. She had one contact at each school and they would call when a child had a need for clothes, mittens etc. Alice would take them to the school office and place them inside the office door and leave. Most of the schools didn't even know who supplied these things.

In all, by using 4-ply worsted yarn, she probably supplied several hundreds of children with mittens to keep their hands warm over the years. When she was diagnosed with cancer, some of her friends took over these schools, me included. She kept knitting mittens throughout her illness until the cancer prevented her from using her hands.

We still knit mittens and bring them to the schools but if it hadn't been for Alice, these kids would have had to keep their hands in their sleeves instead of building forts and snowballs.

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