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How would you like to be able to put your arms around someone in a war-torn area and give them a real hug? With the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine, I find myself wanting to help as much as I can. I make financial donations, but sometimes they feel so impersonal. I find myself wanting to do something to bring the recipient a real sense of comfort. Then I remembered reading about “Knitting4Peace” ( Knitting4Peace was found in 2006 to make and deliver handmade items to more than 208,180 people living in communities across the United States and 82 countries around the world. These handmade items are personally delivered to adults, teens, children, infants and families where needed, in developing areas and areas of conflict. Handmade items include scarves, hats, mittens, peace pals, shawls, booties, baby bibs, baby blankets and washcloths. You can knit or crochet on your own, or join with a group referred to as “pods”.

Unfortunately I can’t knit, and my crocheting won’t win any awards, but I can make basic items that hopefully people can use. I pray for the recipient(s) while I am working on them and while I’m selecting the yarn to use. I wish to bless these people with my humble craft.

There is also another organization that knits and crochets lap blankets for Alzheimer’s patients. They are called Alice’s Embrace ( You can help near or far. The need is always there.

Take care,


“So, then, let us pursue the things making for peace and the things that are upbuilding to one another.”
— Paul the Apostle

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