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‘It’s a blessing’|Wilson crochets prayer shawls for DWM

By By Lisa Tindell
news editor

Being a “bored” teenager got Kelly Wilson a lesson in crocheting. That lesson has turned into a hobby that allows the crafter an opportunity to bless others.
Wilson, who was born with only one hand, said the art of crocheting with just one hand wasn’t something she even thought about as a teen.
Since she learned to crochet, Wilson has become somewhat of an expert at the art.
Wilson delivered six of the shawls she has created to the outpatient nurses at D.W. McMillan Hospital.
Giving back means that six oncology patients at D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital will be blessed with warmth and prayer, thanks to Wilson’s dedication.
Each of the shawls had special cards attached that stated the purpose and sentiment behind the shawls.
All of the shawls have a special blessing on them before they are presented to patients, Wilson said.
Wilson said her pastor at Brewton First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Ed Glaize, prayed over the shawls Sunday.
Wilson said Phillip Ellis was an inspiration to her to get into the business of creating and delivering prayer shawls.
Wilson teaches tenth grade English at W.S. Neal High School where Ellis is the principal. Ellis was recently diagnosed with cancer.
Wilson was overcome with emotion when she gave Ellis the shawl.
Wilson said Patty Frazier, assistant principal at the school, explained to Ellis the meaning behind the shawl.
Wilson said at that point she knew she needed to keep creating the gifts to those who were faced with sickness.