Prayer shawl volunteers help underprivileged women

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Neighbors | Submitted .Members of The Ursuline Center’s Prayer Shawl Ministry are sending supplies to Nigeria to help women there become entrepreneurs. .

Members of The Ursuline Center’s Prayer Shawl Ministry recently cleaned out their closets for a great cause.

The ladies, who hail from Mahoning and Trumbull counties, meet monthly to create shawls for ill residents in the area. Now they’re sending supplies to Nigeria to help women there become entrepreneurs. Pat Cuttica, a parishioner from St. Christine Parish in Youngstown, is friends with a priest from Nigeria who has visited this area and the supplies will be sent to him to help women there learn knitting, crocheting and quilting to help their families financially.

“I am thrilled that our extras are finally finding a home and all the possibilities they will bring into the lives of other women a world away,” Eileen W. Novotny, Prayer Shawl Ministry Coordinator at The Ursuline Center, said. “Our prayer shawl ministry has been the ‘mother’ to many other groups that have started up over the years, and here is a chance for our legacy to continue.”

The Prayer shawl volunteers always appreciate donations of yarn. The shawls and preemie caps they make for area patients are given free of charge. The group also welcomes new members.

For more information, contact Novotny at 330-533-3831.

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