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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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The Beauty of Giving

Last May I was looking forward to retirement and thinking of various activities and organizations that I was a participant in, in our community. I went on the computer and read one of my KnitLists and saw a message about a Prayer Shawl. I followed the link to the Shawl Ministry site and "was blown away". I felt as if I was called to do this and the Lord would make it happen.

One of my friends came over to my house and I asked her if she would be interested in an outreach ministry such as this. She was all for it. I decided to ask Father Greg, our Episcopal priest at St. Paul's in Wellsboro if it would be possible for us to meet there. He listened and agreed that this is a need in the community.

The next week, at our church quilting bee, I asked the ladies if any would be interested in participating. Well, the response was wonderful!

Our local newspaper, The Wellsboro Gazette, is a once-a-week newspaper and I called them to see if they would be interested in running a story about this endeavor and they were. I was interviewed and had all my information, including the book "Knitting Into The Mystery" with me and the newspaper ran a very positive story which included our date of meeting and location.

To be honest, I thought I would be very lucky if 4 or 5 people came. Well, the first meeting brought 12 women together and each and every one spoke about the needs of our community. This would be a very, very community oriented group. We talked about the shawls, the making of them, the prayers and our feelings about dedicating and presenting the shawls to those whom we knew needed either comfort, affirmation, celebration or just to know that someone cared. We also met the next evening for those who could not come during the day. All in all, we are now looking at 27 men and women who have taken this on as "their gift to others".

We have presented shawls in a church service of baptism of an adult to welcome them into our church community. And we have sent them to those in need. We include a prayer attached to each shawl to let the recipient know that we are there, and we care.

We have received cards thanking us for caring; words have been spoken to us from a daughter whose mother received a shawl shortly before her death who said she she feels so lucky to have the shawl and the memories of her mother with the shawl.

All of us in our group feel we are the lucky ones since we have been touched in so many ways by the people who received the shawls, both those we know and those who we don't know.

We use the Lion Brand Homespun and some other Lion Brand yarns along with yarn that is donated to us. I have been contacted about beginning other Shawl Ministries and am working with one and all to make sure that this chartible endeavor will carry on.

Thank you for letting me tell of our group and our success.
Janice M. Biscoe


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