We are 97-year-old twins and we can’t get out much anymore. But we can still do things to bring a smile to people. That’s why we started our ministry 12 years ago.
We buy teddy bears and crochet handmade clothes for them and give these bears to children. My sister buys the bears and all the material we need. I crochet the outfits for the bears. It takes pretty much all day to make an outfit for one bear, but I don’t mind. I’ve got the time. We just want to bring some happiness to kids, some who don’t have too much.
This all started when one of our church members had a child that was sick when we were 85 years old. We bought a bear, crocheted an outfit and we, as a congregation, prayed over that bear. Other children in our church saw it and wanted a bear themselves, so a tradition was started. We not only give them to kids going through a difficult time but also children as they graduate kindergarten. We’ll make them for newborn babies in our church—the outfit will be pink for a girl, blue for a boy. We even give them to high school seniors when they go off to college—the bears will be dressed in the colors of their high school, complete with a mortar board and tassel!
There is a lot of prayer that goes into a bear before it leaves us. Since we know who will be receiving the bear, my sister and I are able to pray over the bear as I’m crocheting the outfit. Then, the church puts the bears on the altar and we pray over them. We want the families receiving them to know how much they are loved by our church family.
We really don’t know exactly how many bears we’ve made—we stopped counting about seven years ago when we hit 400. We are not able to do many things at our age. But we certainly find a lot of joy in doing this, and showing people that you can still pray and help others in some small way no matter how old you are.
DawnJune 15, 2021 at 8:15 am
Such a beautiful ministry!
DavidJune 15, 2021 at 11:57 am
So wonderful, serving God and ministering to His children in a unique way.
God bless the twin sisters.
CarolineJune 15, 2021 at 9:23 pm
These teddy bears that you make as gifts, are such a wonderful Blessing to those that receive them. May God shower you twin sisters with His abundant Blessings in return for your labour of love❤️
RichardJune 17, 2021 at 7:39 pm
Renee DrummAugust 5, 2021 at 8:20 am
Please send me patterns for whatever I can make for your bears. I’m an advanced “hooker”, and would rather crochet and mail things for your project, than to spend the ridiculous amount of time and money I spend making afghans I have a hard time parting with. My email is [email protected] BLESSINGS to you beautiful ladies!
SusanApril 13, 2022 at 12:47 pm
Loved reading about this and bless you both for blessing so many others. Someday you will see how much this meant to kids!
Eric RobertsAugust 16, 2022 at 11:33 am
Thank you for remaining faithful in the faith. God keep you and give you the strength to be a blessing to more kids and family.
Agyeman FordjourMarch 2, 2023 at 2:51 pm
Inspiring. Thanks for generosity!