STITCHES OF HOPE
This congregation is blessed with many talented folks. Stitches of Hope is our ministry that includes sewing, knitting or crochet projects. Patterns and details regarding material/yarn/thread requirements may now be found at the churches’ mission drop-off sites. Our Featured Sewing Project this month is pediatric hospital gowns for Operation Smile. We provided these last year and we were contacted again to see if we could make some more of these. Patterns and some fabric are available. For our Featured Crocheted/Knitted Project, I am waiting for approval of our application to make knitted/crocheted cradles for the organization Bridget’s Cradle. The group makes special cradles for babies who have been born prematurely or still birth. These are provided by the hospitals for the family. It’s a beautiful ministry that we were asked to consider looking into. UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital, Pittsburgh and Washington Hospital, Washington, PA are the area hospitals participating in this program. Please keep your eyes on upcoming bulletins or contact Gwen for additional information
Additional Stitches of Hope Projects
Baby Quilts/Blankets – These may be crocheted, knitted or sewed. Items to be donated to Women’s Choice Network, a local crisis pregnancy center. Any pattern/design is appreciated. Knotted Blankets are also made which are provided to refugees arriving in the Pittsburgh area and/or other programs as requested.
Balaclavas (ski masks) – These may be knitted, crocheted or sewed. Balaclavas will be sent to Lutheran Advocacy for Maritime Ministries or Citizen SAM (our military if made with wool yarn).
Baby Diaper Bags – Sew these diaper bags for Global Links, a medical relief and development organization dedicating to improving health conditions and environmental stewardship in developing countries. These diaper bags are presently being sent to Haiti.
Chemotherapy Hats/Scarves – These hats and scarves may be knitted, crochetted or sewn. Any pattern/design is appreciated. Store-purchased scraves are also OK.
Friendship Bracelets – A variety of patterns are available and again if you have a pattern you already use, that is fine. These bracelets are distributed with some of our in-gatherings as a tangible reminder to let individuals know we are praying and thinking of them.
Leprosy Bandages – These bandages are knitted or crocheted and distributed to refugees within Vietnam through The D.O.V.E. Fund.
“Pillowcase Dresses”/T-Shirt Dresses – These dresses are provided to Little Dresses for Africa and other programs. Patterns are provided or use a simple sundress pattern. All children sizes OK. Also shorts made out of T-shirts or a simple short pattern are distributed to Little Britches for Boys.
Winter accessories – These are provided to a variety of programs within the area and throughout the states. Any pattern and sizes are OK as they are provided for children through adults.