‘Prayer Bearers’ made at by local church ladies

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Timber Ridge Community Church

By The Staff

There are many hurting/sick folks in our world, and many folks who care. Once a month, a number of ladies of Timber Ridge Community Church (10260 S.W. 110th St.) get together to stuff and finish handmade bears which are distributed to critically and terminally ill children and adults in various facilities, so that they may have a physical reminder that they are not alone and that they are cared for and prayed for. Appropriate fabrics are purchased, and the fabric is given to one member to cut the little bears’ pattern; then the cut fabric is given to another member to sew together. The ladies, then, get together and stuff and finish the bears. This group has been working together since 2003 and has made more than 2,000 bears of various sizes. One group member makes about 40 small bears per month and also makes hats for cancer patients. Recently, 20 large bears were given to the Shriners Hospital for Children. They now have received a total of 50. And, 20 were recently given to Shands Hospital. Others interested in the project are invited to join this ministry by contacting Chairlady Betty Espey at 352-854-5959.