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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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Prayer Shawls

I heard about the projects from a person who had made one for a friend. I decided it was a great project for a woman's group at church. I wrote up a little article for the newsletter at church and a few women decided they would like to do this also. We atarted meeting at the church to knit as a group. The group was about 7 women and that number has fluctuated over the past 6 years. The local newspaper did an article on the ministry so people in the community started calling to ask for shawls.
I stopped going to the meetings due to an illness but the group continues to knit and give them out to whomever needs the healing prayers of the group. They are not just for our church members but to someone who has a need and requests a shawl.
I heard about a Prayer Shawl for Families of Fallen Soldiers managed by a women about 45 miles away. I talked with her and made
a shawl for the mother of a local soldier who was killed during the Iraq war. It was a very emotional experience to present this shawl to her. WE had another young man who was also killed so we made a presentation to his mother in another local town. This has been a very emotional experience and a feeling that we are in some way giving comfort to people in their time of need.
I wrote to Mrs. Obama to tell her about the shawls for the families who were losing or had lost thier family member in the war.
What a wonderful program and over one hundred knitters across the USA working for this prgram and praises espcially the woman who organizes, mails and keeps track of all the men who gave their lives for us. However, Mrs. Obama misunderstood the letter and sent me a note about our good work...nothing to the person who was the leader of hundreds of woman from all over the USA so I was disappointed she did not get recognized. She is still carrying on with this project and happy that the call for shawls has decreased significantly.

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