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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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Prayer Shawl Ministry

About 5 years ago, I decided I wanted to use my crochet skills to donate to charity. I wasn't sure where to start, when a friend told me about prayer shawls. I had never heard of them, so I researched on the internet and decided to try it. I still wasn't sure how people would react to receiving prayer shawls, but I decided to try it. Our 2 churches share a pastor, so we decided to make this a joint effort. We made a list of the shut-ins in both churches and matched them to crafters. We have crocheters, knitters and quilters in our group, so we distributed patterns for everyone. I also held a crochet class for anyone interested in learning how. We gained 2 new people through the class. (One even converted from knitting to crochet!) We set a deadline of 3 months. Then we had a joint service between the 2 churches. We displayed the prayers shawls on the altar rail. Everyone at the service went to the front of the church and touched a prayer shawl and prayed over it. We boxed up the shawls with handmade cards and a psalm. Then we hand-delivered most of the shawls and mailed to the out-of-towners. The positive response was overwhelming! People said that they felt God's presence whenever they wore them. We haven't kept count, but I know we have sent out more than 300 shawls so far. We don't just limit our shawls to people in our church. Whenever we hear of a need, a shawl gets sent out. We also make baby blankets and crochet toys for sick children and new babies. Every shawl, blanket or toy is prayed for while it is being made, and then the entire church prays over it before it is given out. My favorite yarn to use is Homespun, because it is so soft and the colors are gorgeous! I have included a picture of the puppy I usually crochet for children.

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