Our friends at Rush Medical Center  here in Chicago have recently reached out to us to let us know about their need for Knit Prayer Shawls . The Palliative Care section of the hospital would like to help add a sense of comfort to the sickest of Rush’s patients. In this case, these patients are bound to the hospital and need something to comfort them.
By knitting or crocheting a shawl for someone in need, you will be helping to provide a bit of comfort to those who need it most. The Palliative Care department  will sit with the family and the shawl’s recipient and together, they will wrap the shawl around the patient, offering them warmth and a sense of an embrace. Something so simple, is often the brightest thing that has happened for the patient in some time. The shawls are often made while saying a quite healing prayer, or a prayer for peace, thus giving the recipient the power of the prayer while they rest.
The wonderful folks at Rush already receive a number of shawls from a local church, but they’d love to have more so that each patient has the opportunity to experience the warm embrace of a prayer. The shawls could be knit or crochet and can be any color or pattern. If you’re interested in helping, you can learn more about the prayer shawl in our recent blog post “Comfort with Crochet Prayer Shawls ” and at shawlministry.com 
If you’d like to get started right away, here’s a selection of our favorite shawls that would work beautifully for this purpose. You’ll find a selection of both simple free knit shawl patterns and easy crochet shawl patterns below that are perfect for this wonderful charity.
Free Knit Prayer Shawl Patterns
Dummy Clap shawl 
Free Crochet Prayer Shawl Patterns
Wrap and Go Shawl 
Perfect Red Shawl 
For more information or to donate a shawl, please contact Rush via their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushprayershawls