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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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Prayer Shawl Ministry

Hello, my name is Sarah Vlietstra and I am a member of the Grace United Church Prayer Shawl Ministry in Hanover, Ontario. The group was started in 2008 and we knit shawls for anyone in the community who is ill, berieved, or troubled, whether or not the person is connected with the church. Even our local hospital has a stack of shawls to give to any patient who seems to need one. Since 2008 we have given away over 300 hand knit shawls. I joined the group in the summer of 2012.

There are about 20 members of our group and our ages run from 10 to 80. We meet on Thursdays for two hours and share patterns, fellowship and laughter while we knit our beautiful shawls. Coffee and home made cookies are always shared.

In 2010 we were approached by Mission Zimbabwe, a charitable group in Hanover which organizes donations for an orphanage/school in Zimbabwe. They asked if we could knit sweaters, hats, mittens and scarves for the children. In the cold season in Zimbabwe tempreatures at night can dip below freezing and the children had very little warm weather gear. Every year now, we send a large assortment of brand new hand knit warm weather gear. I've included pictures of our collection and of the children receiving our gift. The local Newspaper the Hanover Post has written a story about our donations every year.

Last year, we decided to support another charitable organizaton right here in our home town. Coats for kids collects and refubishes hundreds of coats to donate to needy families. We put together a collection of hats and mittens to add to the coats to help keep the children warm.

All in all this group has made an incredible impact on our community.


Sarah Vlietstra

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