Blanket project continues focus on outreach
A spring outreach effort by Triad’s middle schoolers is reminding cancer patients near the end of their lives how loved they are by God and others.
More than a dozen members of The Crossing middle school ministry spent a Saturday morning making blankets in the Youth Room for patients of the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem.
Over three hours, they made 22 blankets — each accompanied by personal notes. The students and their adult volunteer leaders and Middle School Pastor Toby Pegram also baked cookies and made cupcakes for the staff that they delivered the same day.
“It was a blessing to be able make blankets and write cards showing the love of Christ to not only the patients but their families as well,” Pegram said. “The students had a great time participating and delivering them. I hope that God will use these blankets to share the hope we have in Christ.”
Each month, The Crossing offers a community service opportunity to its students, giving them another opportunity to put Jesus Christ’s live in action.
Already in 2016, members have done everything from sort food at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, sang at nursing homes, and raised money and walked in the March of Dimes Walk for Babies in Winston-Salem.
For the blanket project, the Triad youth linked up with the Harbor of Hope cancer outreach ministry which helped cover the $12 material cost for each blanket.
Susan Marra is one of the parents who serve on the coordinating group helping Pegram identify service opportunities. Joining her are Sonja Eads and Kim Lindholm.
Marra used an iPad video to show students how to make the blankets from two pieces of fleece whose edges are trimmed and knotted every inch to tie them together.
“The girls made ‘Jesus loves you’ cards to go on the blankets,” Marra said. “The kids were great. I enjoy the time I get to spend one-on-one with them we do these service projects. There are so many opportunities out there to help others.
“If kids stay in own world, they don’t know what they don’t know,” she said. “Regular service projects like this show them the needs, and get them out in the community and outside of themselves. They love it and do such a great job representing our church as they exercise their faith.”