Jo Everett, co-chair with Susan Brown of the Theodore United Methodist Church Prayer Shawl Ministry, said that the outreach project continues to grow in number of participants and the types and number of recipients.
The group, usually 30-40, meets at Theodore UMC, 6225 Swedetown Road, on Mondays from noon until 4 p.m. Their purpose is to create--generally crochet or knit--items of comfort and care for those who need a loving, personal touch. After the needle workers have a brown bag lunch and devotional, they set to work turning out beautiful shawls and afghans; baby blankets, caps and bootees; and hats, scarves and other pieces.
Everett said that in addition to the prayer shawls they make for, and deliver to, individuals, the volunteers create afghans for Covenant Hospice, baby blankets for Project Linus and various items for several other charities and non-profits. Recently, they added Southern Cancer Center at Providence Hospital to their list.
New members are always welcome, Everett said. The group is non-denominational and is not restricted to women. Some members even prefer to work at home. The Prayer Shawl Ministry is grateful for donations, primarily yarn, of course, but also gift cards to such outlets as Wal-Mart and Joann Fabrics. For more information, call Everett at 653-0100.