Since 2009, Threads of Love, a New Haven area Jewish Prayer Shawl Circle, has been knitting and crocheting healing shawls for people in the greater New Haven area and beyond. About every eight weeks, we meet to gather the shawls and package each in a hand decorated bag. A card is included which expresses warm and caring wishes for peace and well-being.
Shawls usually go to local hospitals and other facilities. But personal family members and friends have also been recipients, from Florida to the state of Washington and many places in between. The feedback and notes we have received are testaments to the gratitude they feel that “strangers” care enough to send a gift of comfort and hope. Sometimes, we even get donations to buy supplies.
Our knitters and crocheters come from different towns in Connecticut and Massachusetts. We are grateful to all the participants, some of whom are retired and others still working. All people are invited to share their talents. The only requirement is that the yarn be 100 % acrylic and machine washable. We are all very proud of what we have accomplished, and will continue to comfort those who need some kindness and loving wishes. Softness, warmth, and beauty are what we want to wrap around the recipients. We all agree that by giving of ourselves, we have gotten so much more in return.
For more information, or to join our group, please contact Elaine Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org.