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How did Purly Gates get started?

Purly Gates Knitting Ministry

The Purly Gates knitting ministry was conceived by several of Shepherd’s Gate’s volunteers who wanted to give back in some way the multitude of blessings and talents that God had given us.

As the result of a very generous donation of yarn by Beth Sisak, owner of Knit This, Purl that, the Purly Gates knitting ministry was launched. The intent was to teach the residents of Shepherd’s Gate to knit, fellowship with other knitters, and share in this wonderful craft.

Knitting is a lovely rhythmic motion; it can soothe and clam, and bring comfort and peace to the crafter. The restorative power of working with ones hands brings solace in the time of need, and lessons in perseverance and contentment. At the same time, something beautiful and use if created!

We sought volunteers who knew how to knit, and taught those who didn’t. Our goal was to knit items that we could sell to help raise funds and help to restore the women and children at Shepherd’s Gate.

Having the opportunity to use the gifts that God has given us, allows us to express our gratitude and our creativity through this craft. While our hands are busy, our mind can be emptied of anxieties, and then be open to Him.

“How precious to me are your designs, O God! how vast the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand, to finish, I would need eternity!”
Psalm 139 17:18

Most recently, Shepherd's Gate nominated Beth Spisak, owner of Knit This Purl That for the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce received the Business Service Award: For businesses that have provided philanthropic service beyond the scope of normal business activity. Recipient: Knit This Purl That
Knit This Purl That donated yarns valuing over $5,000 to Shepherd's Gate, a non-profit shelter for battered and homeless women and children. The donation led to a regular knitting class at Shepherd's Gate named Purly Gates where women at the shelter created gifts with the materials and helped raise $7,000 for Shepherd's Gate.

At this writing, the funds raised have now exceeded $8000.00 in less than a year.

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