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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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Wrapped in Love and Peace

I belong to St. Andrew United Methodist Church, Plano, Texas. We have started a prayer shawl ministry because one of our members received a prayer shawl when she was going through chemotherapy due to breast cancer. We have given these shawls to people in our congregation as well as family, co-workers and friends of church members. Some recipients of a prayer shawl have requested that their prayers shawl be with them in surgery and the doctors and hospital staff have complied with those wishes. Others have told us how they have wrapped with bald heads in their prayer shawl for warmth or relief from migraine headaches due to brain tumors. Still others have told how they have wrapped themselves in their shawls while going through difficult times in their life. We have received notes telling us how the prayer shawl has brought comfort and peace to someone who is alone and going through cancer and chemotherapy treatments. We use Lion Brand Homespun yarn and make approximately 12 to 15 shawls a month.

This is the most rewarding ministry I have ever been involved in. I receive so much just from hearing how these shawls have touched others. We have had individuals join our church because they have been touched during a prayer shawl dedication at a Sunday morning worship service. We are now "branching out" and making baby afghans (Lion Brand Homespun Baby) for babies that are either sick or in the hospital. We have also started crocheting crosses (Lion Branch Cotton) for our pastors to give to people during hospital visits or home visits.

To be involved in this ministry as it has grown in our church is awesome. We meet once a month to turn in any shawls or crosses we have made and to teach new members of our committee who wish to learn to knit or crochet. We have a dedication during our church service approximately every 3 - 6 months. We have women's bible study group in our church who boxes the shawls, wraps them in pretty paper and encloses a very nice note (calligraphy by hand) explaining the history of the prayer shawl and the prayers that are included in each shawl as it is made.

I would encourage others to start this ministry in their church as well.

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