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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

I attend The First Church of Christ , Congregational Church on The great Road in Bedford, MA. One of the ladies in our church heard about from a friend who was doing it at her church. The Prayer Shawl Ministry began at our church in Bedford, MA about a year ago.

I have made about 5 shawls in the past year. We make them out of Homespun from Lion Brand Yarn. I knit mine using the knit three, purl three pattern. Some of the ladies use straight knitting. Some time I would like to try crocheting one, as I also enjoy crocheting.

Since I began making the shawls I was diagnosed with reoccuring breast cancer. This reoccurance was within three years of my first diagnosis and treatment. On the third day after reconstruction surgery, one of my most difficult days, my minister showed up next to my hospital bed with a shawl made by another member of the group. The shawl and the visit gave me the inspiration and hope that I needed so desparately at that moment.

After she left, I hugged the shawl and tears filled my eyes. It meant so much to me that my friends at church were thinking of me and praying for my return to good health again. The shawl was soft and comforting in an environment that was demanding, uncomfortable, unfamiliar and frightening.

I encourage anyone who has the time and energy to do this project to become envolved because it is a wonderful gift for the people who receive it. It could be adapted to any charity that wants to help people who are sick or home bound.

It is well worth your effort and requires a small amount of your time for a great reward.


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