MATTOON -- The Sacred Mission Stitchers of the First Presbyterian Church, a group of women from Mattoon and the church, have recently displayed their work.
These items were blessed in preparation for sharing their work with many people. Scarves are to be sent to the WWII Museum to be distributed on Veterans Day or Christmas. For 12 years, they have contributed to this national project which is reminiscent of the campaign called "Knit Your Bit" which was begun by the American Red Cross during the war.
Folks at home were encouraged to knit socks, sweaters,mitts or scarves to provide warmth and comfort and thus show support to our soldiers.
Also on display are the red scarves to be sent to the Orphan Foundation of America; these will be given out to college-age students on Valentine's Day. They have participated in this project for 11 years.
Another group of items will be divided up and sent to Kemmerer Village in Assumption, which is a Presbyterian-supported home for troubled youth, or an Indian reservation in Rosebud, S.D., or TLC or Appalachian children. Some hats and scarves will also be given to local schools with the Coats for Kids project. The caps for chemotherapy will be divided up and sent to the three area cancer centers.
Their projects are ongoing and all are invited to join them at 2 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month. Lessons and patterns are available; no previous experience is necessary. Donations for yarn and money for postage are appreciated.