I learned to crochet when I was 9 years old. The very first thing I made was a scarf for my grandpa for Christmas. It was a very short scarf with fringe that was only about an inch long, but despite the size and fringe my grandpa showed his pride in me for what I had made him. He passed away when I was 14; I had lost my best friend. My grandma was cleaning out his closet one day and she pulled out one of his cigar boxes and handed it to me. When I opened it, there was the scarf I had made for him. I still have it to this day.
Over the years the busy life of growing up, getting married, and having two very active boys, crochet was put on the back-burner, but not for too long. I picked up my hook once again and got back into practice. Everything I made I gave away. Pretty soon I ran out of people to give my handmade gifts to.
I met Tammy at church and we found out that we have a lot in common. She was very talented in crafting just as I am. After sharing some of our work with each other I asked her if she would like to start a ministry where we would make warm-wear for the needy. She loved the idea and we soon became co-leaders for our group Caring Hands Ministry. We’re a small, intimate group of ladies that serve local organizations for the needy by giving our handmade items and buying toiletries to supply them with.
It all starts with your gift. Gifts are meant to be shared with others. It’s as simple as finding others that have the gift of giving; meeting together to decide who you will share with that has a need; working together and having fellowship with each other, and just getting down to business.
If you do choose to be giving of your time and talents you’ll find that the receiver of your gift will appreciate you thinking of them. The blessing will be there for both parties, guaranteed.