May 16, 2003
WELCOME NEW EMAIL CORRESPONDENTS:
ATTENTION: If you are a mother, daughter, grandmother or sister
of a woman or man who's been murdered in domestic violence and
would like to receive a comforting hand made shawl to remind you
of the care and love of others please contact me. We have shawls
available and would love to give you one.
If you know of other women who have a loved one who has been murdered
let us know her name as well. We also have a limited number of scarves
We also have quilts for kids whose mothers were murdered in acts of
DV. To request a quilt for a kid contact Augusta Rodgers firstname.lastname@example.org To
send a quilt for a kid, please send to Augusta Rodgers Quilts for Kids c/o Women's Resource Center
NEWS FROM THE STATES/COUNTRIES:
*Great. We'd like to hear more from Warren about that project and it's
*We are thrilled that the new exhibit has emerged in Coos County. This is a wonderful way to honor the women from that area who have died and to rededicate our energies to eliminating this tragedy. Thanks for all the work you do, Erica and company.
*This is such a good use of the Witnesses. The photos Ben sent were great. In Minnesota a group is trying to get all the Minnesota SW exhibits (10) together to go to the Capitol to signify how important funding is for the shelters. They are being threatened with cuts. Can you imagine the power of about 100 Silent Witnesses from all over the state. I really hope this works out. We'll keep you posted.
SHEILA'S SHAWLS, PAUL'S SCARVES, QUILTS FOR KIDS
Thanks to knitters: Thanks to the generosity of people all over this
country we have now received, just at the main office in Mpls,
more than 95 shawls and we have given away more than 75. Here
are the names of people who have knit shawls (some have knit many
more than one!) Nancy McCoy, Carol Cook, Sharon Sudman, Ann Sisel,
Edrie Zweber, Silvia Sigglecow, Mary Brown, Peg Wise, Mary Skoy, Shirley Kimball, Cynthia Hobbie, Harriet Johnson, Emma
Four new areas are considering Shawl projects: The following states/cities are either starting or heading in the direction of the shawl project; New Mexico, Detroit, Chicago, and Charlotte.
New shawl project in Minnesota: A note from Judi Gay-- When we launched Sheila's
Shawls in our agency newsletter, we began receiving responses from women
who want to knit them right away. We plan to use the healing shawls in two
ways: (1) to give to sisters and mothers of women murdered by acts of domestic
violence; (2) to give a woman a shawl when she comes to her first support
group at Anna Marie's shelter. It can be so difficult coming to that
first support group, and we hope that the love and care in the shawl,
We need more quilts for kids: We need your help!!
Shawl story from MN: My niece, Krista was murdered on Mar.24, 2002. It happened at her home by the hands of her husband. The two things we trust in we should feel safe in our home and with our husband who is supposed to love us. After killing her, he loaded her into their car and tried to stage an accident. Krista's parents, my sister-inlaw have finally got full custody of the two boys. He is now serving prison time. I truly admire Gary and Brenda. All of this has been very emotional for them. Krista had a twin as well, her name is Karla . They were identical twins, it is like Karla has lost a part of herself. I don't know how many shawls can be sent to one family, but I would like Brenda to get one for sure.
Thank you from Montana:I wanted to tell you that the shawls and scarf
are greatly appreciated. Jenn's 85 yr-old grandma immediately
selected the sea green shawl, Jenn used to sing about "the
sea of green" from
the song Yellow Submarine while sitting in the trees of our yard.
Although her arthritic fingers make grasping difficult, she holds
the shawl and feels memories that are too painful to think about.
The other shawl and scarf belong to a miraculous guardian angel of a friend who walked with me through months
Thank you from RI: We received our shawl and quilt on Friday. They are both beautiful! Thank you so very much, for myself and Frankie. Frankie would like to send Augusta a little note, if that would be o.k. My birthday falls on Mother's day this year, so I consider my shawl the most wonderful gift I could possibly receive. Many, many, thanks to all involved. Robyn
Thank you from MN: Thank You so much for sending us the shawls. Melissa was one of the most beautiful women I know and the shawls are just as beautiful .
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