Friday, November 01, 2019
Since 2009, Pastor Nancy Dunmire and volunteers from St. Mark’s United Church of Christ in Knox, Pa., have been delivering hand-made blankets to the residents of St. Paul’s to be given as Christmas gifts. This year, the group delivered 134 blankets on October 31.
Since the project’s inception, the group has donated more than 1,300 blankets to residents of St. Paul’s Senior Living Community.
“When I think we are reminding people they are loved and we can wrap them in the warmth of God’s love with a simple blanket, we thank God for the opportunity to do this,” said Pastor Dunmire. “We feel very blessed. We are grateful to St. Paul’s for receiving the blankets, for letting us be part of their caring ministry.”
The group of ten volunteers at St. Mark’s meet weekly to create the blankets and sell blankets in local malls in their area throughout the year to raise funds that offset the cost of the fleece so that the blankets can be donated.
Pictured from left seated: Pastor Bill Kirker, Director of Spiritual Services at St. Paul’s; Ed Dunmire; Pastor Nancy Dunmire; and William Goodlander. Standing from left: Teresa Findley, Director of Annual Giving at St. Paul’s; Diana Rex; Linda Aylesworth and Dawn Hartman, Director of Planned and Major Giving at St. Paul’s.