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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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Friends Who Care

I am the founder of Bette's Knitting Circle, Friends Who Care.

My twin sister and I started knitting when we were young girls. I remember all the women in our family with either knitting needles or crochet hooks in their hands. The love of knitting and crocheting has grown over the past years and we have made beautiful items for our families and friends.

About 14 years ago I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I knew I had to keep positive and do something worthwhile, so, I started to knit for people in need. I knit hats, scarves and mittens for Women's Shelters, lap blankets for Veteran's and Nursing Facilities, Pink hats for Breast Cancer Patients, preemie hats and blankets for Neonatal Units for preemie babies in Hospitals. I knew I needed volunteers to reach my goals, to help as many people in need that I could, so I asked my sister and friends to help me with my many projects. The hats, scarves, mittens and other items started to accumulate in my den. The bag of yarn, mostly Lions Brand yarn, has taken over behind my couch. Last year we donated over 150 different hand knit and crocheted items to the above mentioned organizations. With all our volunteers, I formed Bette's Knitting Circle. Our mission is to reach as many people in need as we can to bring warmth, joy and hope in the Holiday season as well as throughout the year. I have been told by the many charities that we have donated to, that we have brightened the lives of the people we have touched with our hand knit and crocheted items. To all the knitters and crocheters, get involved in local knitting and crocheting groups. We can make a difference.

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