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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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Juanita's Ranitas

One of my autistic daughters had an idea that would help impoverished, hospitalized children abroad. Although the initial endeavor didn't include knitted and crocheted items, Lion Brand yarns soon became an intregal part of the project we dubbed 'Juanita's Ranitas'.

Joanna had the idea to provide homemade stuffed frogs to children suffering from disorders such as kidney problems requiring dialysis and cancer patients receiving treatments.

Strangers were moved by a child, who society tends to perceive as being broken, thinking so far beyond expectations. Soon, we were receiving dozens of handmade scarves and hats. Preemie blankets were also made by the dozen; blankets for babies any weight from one pound to five pounds.

When all was said and done, over 1,000 gifts were delivered to the Federico Gomez Childrens Hospital in Mexico City ... a unique hospital whose work enhances medical care in third world nations across the globe.

Joanna and her identical twin were born 6 1/2 weeks early after over two months of premature labor. She needed major surgery day one - as a 3 1/2 pounder - to make it to day two. Both are still with us 19 years later.

Although society expects little due to their diagnosis, I daresay these young ladies could turn the world on its side and bring a better awareness of autism. The current attempt at the project has over 2,000 gifts ready to go. Besides Mexico, children in Honduras and Guatemala have had their lives enhanced by this gift of love.

Nobody has been cured by receiving a gift through 'Juanita's Ranitas', but they've been able to endure their circumstances knowing a stranger cares. It's a gift any level knitter or crocheter can give.

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