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A Bunch of Knit Wit Bears

There is this wonderful little Methodist church around the corner.

There's something about the mood of the building, the room, the church itself that doesn't scream of impersonal Super Church, but of a quiet, caring, space where they meet only as a refuge when the congregation isn't out in the community involving themselves with the betterment of the life around them.

They have this program called "Knit Wits" that meets on Wednesday mornings. In a nutshell, parishioners meet to knit, crochet, craft and sew things to make and then sell to fund the various charities the church involves itself with. I love the notion of hands crafting in mad joy various things that will go to feed, to clothe, to shelter....I love the idea of knitting needles clacking themselves together for the sake of hope. I love the idea of laughing even louder over the whirring of a sewing machine.

God knows, the generosity of people, the love and belief people have shown me results in but one mere truth: goodness in the world can never be silenced. As appalling as the media would like for many us to think the world has turned, people are generally beautiful, kind things who wish only the best for their fellow man. So, this is what I want to do.

This package includes one creme bear and one oak tweed bear made from Lionbrand's Fisherman's wool mailed to the customer. The third bear will be knit and donated to "Knit Wits" for them to sale to continue their charities, or to donate to a kid who could use something to hold onto in rough times. I have to keep making a living selling my bears, but there has to be a purpose behind it. It can't be for myself.

If this life of mine is to be great, if it is to capture and grasp the elusive desire for meaning, then I must remind myself that this talent of mine was not given to me for simple commerce; it is on loan for a greater good.

More info about my own journey out of homelessness can be read here:
http://madmanknitting.wordpress.com

And more about "Knit Wits" here:
http://www.reevesumc.org

Thanks everyone for reading,
Gregory Patrick


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