We stitch for each other; we stitch for the recipients of the items we create; and we crochet, knit, quilt, and weave for hope, healing and peace in our world. We do our work one stitch at a time … one day at a time … stitch after stitch and day after day. The tangible items we create are personally delivered to women, men, teens, children, infants, and families in local and global areas of conflict. Our items include:
We create an ever-expanding group of items, responding to requests from those we serve. When our work began in 2006 we created one item: Peace Shawls for women in global areas of conflict. A year later, in preparation for a trip to impoverished villages in Southern Sudan, we began creating Peace Pals, knit and crocheted dolls for boys and girls. Since then these comforting “pals” have become our most frequently and urgently requested item. In 2009 we were commissioned to create 100 preemie caps for a medical mission trip to Sierra Leone, a country with no incubators where a simple preemie cap literally could save a life. News spread and we were asked to include preemie caps in deliveries to many countries where our caps continue to regularly save lives. Older children and teens also began asking for caps they could wear, and so we added Hats to our group of items we create and deliver.
The following year (2010) we learned about dental missions that needed colorful scarves for their patients (5-16 years old) and we added Scarves4Peace to our work. Since then we have been asked to create warm scarves for children in areas where temperatures are quite cold and warm clothing is scarce. In 2010 we also became aware of the dire conditions on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota, and Tree of Life Ministry in Rosebud, South Dakota where winter temperatures frequently plummet to fifty degrees below zero and many homes have little or no heat. In response, we began creating Blankets of Peace in the sacred colors of the Oglala Lakota: red, yellow, white and black for both of those reservations. In 2014 we began creating Winter Gloves for homeless men struggling to stay warm through the winter months. Although our primary focus is women and their children we also recognize the overwhelming suffering of men with no home and little clothing.
Here is the list for quick reference:
Warm Winter Scarves: 42" or longer and at least 6" wide, or warm cowls
Mittens: sizes for children and adults
Peace Pals: 6" to 7” tall with tan, medium brown, or dark brown faces
Peace Shawls: 45” or longer, 30” or wider
Baby Blankets: 24" or more in both width and height
Baby Booties in BRIGHT colors: please make them 3" or more from heel to toe.
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