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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 Growth of a Shawl Ministry

I learned about the Prayer Shawl Ministry through a friend of mine. I purchased the book, "Knitting Into The Mystery" and then brought the idea of starting this ministry at my church, St. Mary's-Downtown in Rochester, NY. The friend who introduced me to this ministry gave me a prayer shawl as a gift from her church to our church.

Sr. Kay Heverin and I began pulling our ideas together. We placed notices in our church bulletin asking knitters and crocheters to sign up. The church purchased the first batch of Lion Brand Homespun Yarn - enough for approximately 30 shawls. We had 20 people sign up to make them. I put together a packet of information, we had our first informational meeting, those in attendance picked out their yarn and the ministry was off and running.

Once the shawls have been completed, they are blessed at weekend services and sent on their way. Sr. Kay is keeping a scrapbook of the shawls.

The response to this ministry has been wonderful. We now have 40+ women who volunteer their time and talent to make the shawls, often at their own expense. Since we started in September, 2004 we have given away approximately 40 shawls - we can't make them fast enough.

One of the shawls found its way to a woman who had lost her teenaged daughter in a tragic car accident. The shawl was purple, which happened to be the Mom's favorite color. She told us how much comfort she got from the shawl - so much so that she sleeps with it. She now has asked to join us in making prayer shawls for others in need. The ministry has come full circle.

We are very blessed at St. Mary's to have such a dedicated group of knitters and crocheters.

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