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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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Donations for the Bereavement Center

In March of this year our staff in the Center for Policy Research at Syracuse University decided to join together in a community project to help our local hospital's bereavement center.

We became aware of the bereavement center's work due to one of our staff. She was pregnant with twins and unfortunately during the pregnancy she lost both babies. Upon her return to work she brought in everything the bereavement center had given her to remember her babies. Among the items she received were two crocheted baby blankets, which she loved dearly. The blankets are given to the parents of babies that don't survive the pregnancy or very long after being born.

At our next weekly meeting we decided that we would like to do something to help the bereavement center in their efforts to comfort people during the most difficult time. We set a goal for the center of 100 blankets in the month of March, to be donated to the bereavement center.

The Bereavement Center let us know all the sizes and materials that were needed for the blankets. Premature newborns needed blankets that were made out of fleece and were only 8" by 8". The largest blankets, which were only 18" by 18", could be crocheted or knit. The center was also in need of very tiny hats for the babies.

Our staff jumped into the project and started collecting donations to buy yarn and fleece. We used many different materials to accommodate the babies delicate skin. However, some of us used Lion Brand Homespun Baby yarn and Homespun Chunky yarn.

During the month of March we had many donations of funds and handmade blankets of every kind. The project worked to bring many people within our office together. Even some of our foreign students spent time being taught how to crochet during their lunch hours. The office really pulled together for this project and by the end of March we had collected 200 blankets and hats to go to the bereavement center. We received a card from the hospital thanking us for our support and letting us know that some of our blankets had already been used for a set of twins that had not survived. As much as we would hope that our blankets would never need to be used, we all were very pleased with our efforts in such a worthy project.

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