Brenda Marshall has seen the impact the hats have had. Marshall, with Flower the Clown Ministry, asked for 170 hats to take with her on a January missionary trip to India. She went to a children’s home and was just amazed with how excited the hats made all the children.
“In the cooler months the temperatures get up to upper 80s and lower 90s, but the kids still liked those hats,” Marshall, who spoke at Monday’s meeting, said. “I just wanted you to know what an impact your group is making.”
The ministry is open to anyone of any age or denomination willing to give making someone’s life a little nicer a try. Sue Shaw knows all about it, admitting she wasn’t into crafts when she decided to give it a try.
“I didn’t know how to crochet or anything, but God showed me how to do it,” Shaw said, adding that God made all these hats. “It’s just wonderful to know you can bring a smile to a little child’s face.”
Shaw says that God has made more than 1,100 hats with her hands. Her daughter makes them along with her granddaughters as well.
Training for anyone willing to take part is provided, whether by knitting, crocheting or using a loom. Jacquie King says she enjoys working with her hands and has been part of the group for about a month.
“It gives me something to do while I’m watching TV in the evening,” King said.
For those that can’t donate the time to make hats, yarn donations are always accepted, providing the yarn is new, McCrory said.