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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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Neighbors Reaching Out To Neighbors

My story begins with knitting while on break at work and someone asking me if I knew about the "prayer shawls"? I had read about the "Prayer shawl ministry" started by Janet Bristow & Victoria Gato in 1998 in our UCC Newsletter.

I got online & brought up all the info I could find (lots of it) along with The Lion Brand Yarn website and I knew I had to pursue it. The stories were wonderful & I couldn't wait to buy some Homespun yarn & get started on one for my pastor who was going through radiation for cancer.

I e-mailed my friend who got as excited as I was and we started planning our first "prayer shawl workshop". One week later we dedicated the shawl with our board of deacons and gave it to our pastor. We were off & running and feeling very blessed to be knitters.

On May 30th, 2003, we had our first workshop at our church on a sunny Saturday morning with 12 women in attendance, some knowing how to knit, some not. My friend compiled a wonderful packet for us with information about the ministry, Homespun yarn, prayers, etc. Our own prayer shawl ministry was starting to spread, reaching out to so many others.

Since then we have had three more workshops, spoken at another church about our ministry, taught knitting to others at a conference center (Star Island, Portsmouth NH), are on our church website. We have given approximatly 80 prayer shawls to people with terminal illnesses, the elderly, babies & new mothers, caregivers, family members, confirmands, etc.

We love all the colors & softness of the Homespun yarn and we love our ministry.

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