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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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Shawl Ministry

Two years ago I bought 3 skeins of Lion Brand Homespun just to try, having no idea what I would make with it.

The afternoon mail that day brought a Lion Brand catalogue which had an article about the Prayer Shawl knitters of Andover, MA.

I decided to make one of these shawls and give it to the priest at my church. Frankly, I was afraid he'd think it was silly and that would be an end of it.

Not so!

He immediately gave it to a fellow priest who had just been diagnosed with a serious illness. The recipient was very touched by the gift and we realized that this was a wonderful opportunity for those of us who knit and crochet to share with others.

I started our Healing Shawl ministry and now have a group of about a dozen people who make these shawls. We average about 50 a year and they are given away almost as soon as they're finished. Our priest blesses the completed shawls during a service and then gives them to someone in trouble, need, or sorrow.

We even have a small fund designated to purchase yarn so we can continue this programn and we have helped people in other churches to start their own programs, as well. Lion Brand Homespun is definitely our favorite!

Thank you for introducing me to this amazing venture.

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