Healing powers stitched into ‘Prayer Shawls’

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CAMP HILL, Pa. -- The women of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church spread support in the form of a shawl.

These women of the ministry give up hundreds of hours to knit "Prayer Shawls" to give to those who are grieving. Among them, is Mildred Stauffer. Mildred has been knitting for almost 90 years. The 95-year-old prides herself on the near-perfect quality of her work. "I make very few mistakes and if I do, that does to the side, I always have two on the go".

This may come as a surprise considering she is legally blind.

Despite her disability, Mildred's main goal is to help others. She says, "Well, you feel like you're doing something good for someone else. It's something I want to do."

Since the program started in 2004, these ladies have made over 1,000 shawls. Nancy Easton received one of these shawls nearly five years ago when her father passed away. During her tragic time, the shawl provided her with a sense of community.  "They gave me a prayer shawl as a sign of their condolences, their care for me, I know they were praying for me in my grief and their way of sharing in the grief with me."

If you would like to become part of the group or know someone who could benefit from a prayer shawl, you can visit the church at 2000 Chestnut Street, Camp Hill, PA, 17011 or visit their website.


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