LAWTON, OK (TNN) - A Lawton woman is giving back to her community in a way she says is like being able to give someone a hug but through the gift of a special blanket. Jane Brantley started the prayer blanket ministry through her church almost two years ago, and with the help of members of her church, they’ve made almost 500 blankets.
Brantley said the blankets they’re making are for people who are going through a rough time. For example, they give it to people getting cancer treatment, after hospice has been called in, and homeless people who might need one to stay warm. They also make them to celebrate good things like a wedding or a new baby.
Every Thursday, some of the women who attend Holy Cross Lutheran Church meet to crochet blankets and pray over them. Jane Brantley started the Prayer Blanket Ministry in hopes of lifting someone's spirits.
"Everybody needs to know that they're cared about,” she said. “So, in our world filled of turmoil, this is our way helping people out a little bit. Making someone smile we hope."
It was something she wanted to start after she received one from her sister-in-law who is a part of a blanket ministry in another state.
"It just struck me what a comfort it was to have a physical, tangible feeling that someone cares,” Brantley said. “I'm not going through this alone, many people have gone through it before me, and Jesus is there with me."
She said putting the blanket on is like getting a hug. Brantley said she wanted to give that feeling to other people. Now, the ministry spends around 150 hours a week prepping the fabric, making the needed holes, and crocheting. She said before they start, they say a prayer thanking God they were blessed with the ability to do something that might help others.
"And then as we're making the blankets, we pray that the person who receives the blanket will feel this thoughtfulness or hug from another human being and also from Jesus,” Brantley said.
She said they crochet about 10 blankets a week. At this past week’s Lawton city council meeting, Brantley was named an Outstanding Citizen of Comanche County by the mayor’s commission on the status of women.