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Wesley Heights Volunteers Donate Handmade Prayer Shawls to Masonicare’s Hospice Patients

April 17, 2013

Shelton, CT, April 17, 2013……..Masonicare Home Health & Hospice staff was pleased to recognize and express their sincere thanks recently to the many volunteers who knitted and donated 140 prayer shawls and lap roads for the agency’s hospice patients. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt the April 10 Prayer Shawl Ceremony held at Wesley Heights in Shelton, the volunteers, who are all residents of Wesley Village, gathered with staff for the blessing of the prayer shawls, which was given by Reverend Jim Stinson.  During the past year, these generous volunteers spent a total of 4,404 hours knitting beautiful, one-of-a-kind shawls and lap robes for hospice patients.  The volunteers attach the following message to each shawl:  “This prayer shawl was made for you with love.  It is offered, with prayers, for your comfort and peace.  May it warm you, even as we continue to hold you in prayer.  May it warm you, even as the love of God warms you.”

Social workers and nurses with Masonicare Home Health & Hospice take great care in choosing the perfect shawl for each one of their patients.  Holly Beck, Volunteer Coordinator, said, “Our patients and families are so touched by the time and energy volunteers spend knitting these shawls.  And with all white sheets and linens, a shawl often provides the only burst of color in a patient’s room.  We sincerely thank these volunteers and appreciate their generosity and caring.”      

L to R – Prayer shawl knitters Anita Davidson and Marie Pfannkuch display Anita’s newest shawl. Wesley Village volunteers knit over 350 hours every month and donate their work to the hospice patients of Masonicare Home Health & Hospice.