Prayer Shawls for Families of Servicemembers
(formerly Prayer Shawls for Fallen Soldiers)
This website is dedicated to the ultimate sacrifice made by our service men and women in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the world and for the grief and loss felt by their families and friends. Presenting these families with a Prayer Shawl in remembrance of their loved one is a small token of our compassion and appreciation.
Knitters/Crocheters : Our three major programs are:
1. Direct Contact Program: If you know a military family in need of a prayer shawl, you are welcome to contact them directly, then send me the information (military name, DOD, city/state). Or you may Google the military name and leave a message on the message board to offer prayer shawls to family members.
2. Direct Requests: If you are a military family and would like to request a hand-made prayer shawl, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or CLICK HERE to complete a request on-line. Include the rank, full name, date of death, your name/relationship, and your contact information (address/phone/email). We will then arrange for one of our knitters/crocheters to provide a shawl for you. All information is confidential. We often share some correspondence notes and photos with our military Families in our monthly newsletters (click on “Monthly Newsletters” below). We invite you to read our newsletters filled with stories and photos of our military fallen. Our military families have been comforted by these newsletters, sharing stories, photos, cards/letters from you! They are pleased to learn about large groups of Americans who continue to care about their loss. PS4FS currently has over 100 individuals or groups of knitters/crocheters; the majority are church-based, spread throughout nearly 30 states. We have been together since October 2007, and in that time have delivered more than 8,000 prayer shawls to our military families, hoping our work will give you comfort and return some small amount of joy to your lives. We never want to forget them, nor your sacrifice!
3. Dover Program: In October 2009, we began sending prayer shawls to the chaplains at Dover Air Base who, in turn, deliver them directly to visiting military families. The Friends of the Fallen at Dover periodically ask us to help replenish their supply of shawls – we conducted a successful Memorial Day 2014 shawl drive, a second shawl drive in January of 2017, and annually ever since. We check with the Friends of the Fallen periodically, and will announce the next shawl drive in a future newsletter. We encourage you to read our other newsletters which act as a tribute to our military families. (click on “Monthly Newsletters” below).
The following links can provide more information:
Let the pleasure of the Lord our God be on us: O Lord, give strength to the work of our hands. Psalm 90:17 (BBE)