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Making and distributing gifts of comfort, peace and love

TIFFANY TAYLOR/THE EXPRESS

MILL HALL — There was a lot of excitement at the Bald Eagle United Presbyterian Church in Mill Hall last Saturday morning.

It was the day members of the church’s Prayer Shawl Ministry and bikers from Big Twins Motorcycle Club had been waiting for.

This was the day that all the work of knitters throughout the year was in the spotlight. Hundreds of knitted shawls, blankets, hats, gloves and other items knitted with love by the Prayer Shawl Ministry were displayed on the pews inside the church auditorium.

And it was the day that the cyclists would pack all of the items in vans and take them to local nursing homes, personal care homes and hospitals and hand them out to patients there.

It’s a heartwarming ministry for everyone involved, from the knitters who put their hearts and souls into every stitch, to the bikers who enjoy seeing the smiles as they deliver the colorful pieces to those who will use them.

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“It just makes you feel good,” one of the bikers said.

And so it was that the annual handing out of knitted items came and went without a hitch, as it has for more than a dozen years.

This year for the first time, the public was invited to stop by and see the members of the Prayer Shawl Ministry at work and admire the finished pieces, and then watch as the bikers did their part and packed their vans enroute to local facilities.

Oh, yes, it was an exciting time… one that is repeated each year as the group of knitters grows and the bikers continue to reach out and touch the lives of those to whom they deliver these handmade gifts of comfort, peace and love.

TIFFANY TAYLOR/THE EXPRESS

TIFFANY TAYLOR/THE EXPRESS

TIFFANY TAYLOR/THE EXPRESS

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