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Prayer Shawls for those in need of encouragement

My charity project is knitting or crocheting Prayer Shawls for those in need. The making of Prayer Shawls is reaching out to others which when they feel the warmth of the Shawl, they know they are a blessing to family and friends. It is like receiving a "HUG" from God.
I received a Prayer Shawl from Oregon for Christmas 2004. This was a reasuring expression that I was not alone and with Prayers of Thanksgiving and Praises to our Lord I was able to accept my lonesomness following the placing of my husband in a nursing home. I am so thankful for this reaching out to others in times of need.
I approached our Pastor and suggested a group at our church. the Pastor and I have a group of workers and we meeat once a month to share our skills, patterns and dedications. We give to the ill, the new babies and mothers, those who need to move, and of course in times of sympathy.
We present them in the pretty paper gift bags that are so popular.
Each month we rejoice when reading t he thank you notes in return.
Since June of 2005 we have presented 141 shawls.
We have a member who was only 15 years old when we started. Her great grandmother who is in her 90's comes each month with at least 2 crocheted Shawls. I, myself, turned 80 when I visited my daughter in OR in October.
I made 2 while I was there and my daughter gave them to needy friends of hers.
I alone have made 50. I give about half of those I make to friends and relatives. I have no family here anymore.
In fact I recently sent Shawls to my brother in law in Oakland CAL. My husband passed away in April and his brother here passed away in Sept. So I felt these gifts will surely brighten the days for this 93 year old brother. The only sibbling left from 8. I was so happy for the prayer shawl and its ministry during th e sickness, death, funeral and stillness following my husband, of 56 years, death .
This past week I sent shawls to my brother and his wife. He is in a VA Hopital waiting more Heart surgery. Those shawls were such a blessing to them. My 83 year old brother cried.
Those messages returned are so heartening. My Group join hands in thankfulness and joy.
Notice I haven't mention cost of the shawls. Yarns prices have gone up in our town , the stores seem to have less choise and we just keep the Shawls coming anyway. The pri;ces in Oregon were even higher than they are here in Aberdeen. We seem to get the best price at WallMart, but our craft store is even higher than the prices in Oregon.

thanks for listening, We all like the Lion Brand Homespun Yarns is best, But we would like better choises. each Shawl needs 3 large skiens and so it does add up.
I sent shawls to my home town veblen, when my cousin's son was killed in Oregon. My cousin is in the Britton nursing home. I have received money in Reed's memory. His mother called me twice in thanksgiving. Since that donation t he small town of Veblen has start ed the Prayer Shawl Ministry there. I was able to get my sister-in-law started in knitting for this ministry even before but she is a partof the group in Veblen.
It is pkblished in our local paper when we meet in the Saturday church new for our town. We so far meet on the first Monday. We all say that that day doesn't come soon enough. Our Pastor Tanya is a Gem.
The Glory of the Lord does shine round about those who give and those who receive. Thank you for listening. Ruth
PS I could get picutes I guess through our church.


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