Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Corporal Acts of Mercy: Clothing those in need

Then they also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?' [Mt 25, 44]

For those looking for some concrete ways of almsgiving this Lent, here are some charities in need of donations.

Project Linus provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans. Their website includes patterns for inspiration.

Project Warmth, an organization very familiar to your Church Ladies due to its popularity at our alma mater, collects coats for the needy.

Ravelry's Knitters for Life has monthly Knit-a-longs. March's project is knitting or crocheting 15" square completely white blankets for Alexandra's House, a Catholic charitable perinatal hospice and infant refuge in Kansas City.

Contact your local hospital about donating preemie or chemo caps. Different places have different needs.

Crisis pregnancy and domestic violence shelters are often underfunded. Consider making a layette, stuffed animals, or something special for a mom in need.

Happy crafting!

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