Shawls for Seniors

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November 22, 2016 12:00 AM

WONDERFUL WRAPS Gale Willis of the Culture House started the Shawls for Seniors campaign, not to just provide physical warmth, but to also warm the souls of seniors for whom the shaws are knitted. JAIME POLMATEER LLS PHOTO

Group helps keep our our elders warm

For Gale Willis, blankets and shawls not only warm the body, they also warm the soul.
That’s why she started the Shawls for Seniors initiative, where Willis and other local gals crotchet and knit blankets and shawls for old folks, with the visit during delivery being just as important as the blankets themselves.
“I believe that once we get going there’s always going to be a senior in need of a blanket and a little bit of loving that goes with it,” Willis said.
“I think the project is two-fold—it’s providing these blankets for warmth, but I think it’s also giving back to the seniors in our community, because there are a lot of lonely seniors, a lot that don’t have family around or family that can’t come and visit them all the time because of the distance, so just to reach out, I think that’s big too.”
Shawls for Seniors is an initiative under Culture House, which is an apostolic movement that set up in the Border City this summer.
Willis said Culture House now has a group of 15 ladies that wanted to give back to the community and came up with the idea to make blankets for seniors as a way to do just that.
The group gets together once a week to crochet and knit, then bring the project home where the ladies work on it in their spare time.
“The Culture House stands for love and honour and Grace, so we just want to go out and bless others through that,” said Willis.
“We’re working on them constantly at home, then eventually we’re hoping to just find needs in the community of seniors and people that could just use a little company, a little visit, and deliver a shawl to them and just meet with them.”
Being a non-profit group, the ladies don’t have a lot of disposable income, and the whole project revolves around the wool it takes to make the shawls and blankets. Willis said the group put out a call for wool on Facebook, not sure what to expect, but ended up being blessed with donations of materials to the point where every lady involved had enough wool to get started on their projects right away.
With the project still in its infancy, however, the ladies are still looking for seniors in need of a visit and a blanket.
“We’re going to look into that, like I said, it’s just kind of on the first step of this project and I also believe Lloydminster is a real word of mouth town, so when people know this they’ll get a hold of us and let us know that maybe somebody could use one,” she said.
“We’re just going to step out and start and just believe that God will bring the people to us, or let us know somehow how we’re going to be able to deliver these to different people.”
Willis added the group is always in need of spare wool, so anyone looking to help brighten a local seniors day can contact her at 780-205-9006 or email culturehouselloydd@gmail.com and make a donation anytime.

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