Tuesday, January 16, 2007

New member Charity coordinator

I am Renee. I live in Minnesota and I coordinate nationally a knitting group called Sheila's Shawls and Paul's Scarves. We are a sub- group of The Silent Witness Initiative. Silent Witness worked with Sheila and Senator Paul Wellstone to end domestic violence. This was their passion. When their plane crashed in 2002, this sub group was formed to create prayer shawls and scarves in honor of Sheila and Paul. We make shawls and scarves and donate them to survivors of domestic violence and families who have lost loved ones to domestic violence. I work with several people across the country who are coordinators for their state. Each person doing what they can to comfort others. I like the idea of this group, because I work very hard at keeping prayer in the front of my life as I knit my way through. I teach school full time to special education students in a Catholic high school. So I knit whenever I am not teaching. It is almost as natural as breathing for me. I also have a knitting group at school. The students make a variety of items for the homeless, domestic violence victims, infants as well as other people in need. We currently donated over 300 items to the shelters and groups from the fall of 2006 until the end of 2006. We are starting on new projects for winter and spring.
I am happy this group is here.

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