About ten years ago when Lion Brand came to me and said, “We want to create your own line of yarn.” I thought, “That would be a great idea.” You know this is a chance for me to give back. David allowed me to choose the charity that I wanted to donate to. St. Jude was the first thing that popped into my head.
I said, “Let’s go down to Memphis, check out St. Jude.” The minute I walked through the front door that was it. I knew it. St. Jude is unbelievable. I’ve never seen anything like it. They pay all your expenses. You don’t have to worry about anything at all. All you have to do is have hope when you walk in that hospital. We got an amazing tour by Joel and when I walked in the front door and saw these unhealthy children I just, my heart went out to them. And you know they have such a spark in their eye and a twinkle in their toe. They are precious, precious children that you can’t help but love. Shira: I’m the brand ambassador for Lion Brand Yarn. We had a patient activity which was really fun.
We got to do dream catchers which is something I personally love to do. I like to craft with yarn. I’m a knitter, I’m a crocheter so sometimes I forget that there other crafts you can do with yarn. But I got to sit with some patients and just seeing these kids kind of take a break from whatever they’re going through and to spend time with them and use yarn while doing it I mean why not? Hearing how much St. Jude has become a part of their family, their life and how Lion Brand is for 140 years a family so the two families have come together to create an even stronger bond and to have Vanna a part of our family it only makes sense.
Vanna: When we first started I turned to David and said, “Wouldn’t it be great if we could reach a million dollars to give to St. Jude?” Well it has today changed that. Today marks the two million dollar mark. I never thought that would happen and it warms my heart, makes me smile really big, and I can’t tell you how much it means to me to be able to be part of that. There’s nothing better. I do want to thank all the people out there that have bought my yarn.
Thank you for being part of it because you are helping us donate to St. Jude. Shira: That’s what our community is. We’re Knitters and crochets are giving humans. Hopefully will continue to do more and we hope to be back for three million. Vanna: We are not stopping here! We are going to continue to give St. Jude more money to help as much as we can!.