Shawls of love were recently delivered to Carriage House Manor Nursing Home.
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From Karon Weatherman
Who can forget that day in September, eleven years ago when the planes hit the World Trade Center in New York? Most of us remember where we were and what we were doing when the reports began to come in. This will be one of those days that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.
Beginning in 2002, 9/11 family members and support groups began looking for a productive and respectful way to honor the memory of those lost, and at the same time they wanted to incorporate the spirit of unity and compassion that our nation showed after the tragedy. The result of their efforts is the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance. Beginning in 2009, this became a Federally recognized observance, supported by the Corporation of National and Community Service, which is the parent organization of Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance encourages service that connects participants to ongoing opportunities that last throughout the year. RSVP has the privilege of working with many programs that have an ongoing focus. Many of these programs work to make a difference in the everyday life of ordinary people. One of these programs is a group of RSVP volunteers who work with Heidi Seale of Hospice and Karon Weatherman of the Sulphur Spring Senior Citizens Center. These ladies have used over 400 skeins of yarn and have knitted or crocheted 75 prayer shawls and 30 blankets that are donated to chemotherapy and Hospice patients in our area. These beautiful blankets are as diverse as the people who receive them, and they have been very well received by the area medical facilities. In support of 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, RSVP is partnering with Hospice Plus and Senior Citizens Center to help provide yarn for our volunteers as they make their “Shawls of Love”. We are hosting a Yarn Drive on Tuesday, September 11 from 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at The Vickers Place. If you would like to take part in our Day of Service, our tables will be just outside The Vickers Place at 1163 S. Broadway (between the two Dollar Stores). If you would like additional information, please call Heidi Seale, Hospice Plus at (903) 413-3114; Karon Weatherman at (903) 885-1661; or Susan Kahn, RSVP at (903) 737-4320.
Whether you choose our yarn drive, or prefer another type of service, I encourage you to participate in the Day of Service and Remembrance, remembering the heroes and victims of 9/11.