Trinity Sunday school students give blankets out to comfort those in crisis
Each Beaver Dam Police Department squad car has a warm blanket in it thanks to the work of the Sunday School students at Trinity United Methodist Church.
“The police department often responds to people in crisis,” said Trinity Children’s Ministry Coordinator Jeni Tyjeski. “These blankets will give them comfort and warmth during difficult times.”
The group donated 18 blankets so each squad car can have two.
“When more are needed, they know we will be happy to provide them with more,” Tyjeski said. “The rest of the blankets will be used by our church to bring comfort to our shut-ins, seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise people in need. We also plan to reach out to the family shelters and PAVE.”
Tyjeski said that the children in the Sunday school program began collecting donations for the church’s blanket ministry outreach program.
“They were told about the message of helping others, reaching out to our community and doing a fall mission project that would make a difference,” Tyjeski said.
The Confirmation and Sunday School children also helped to tie the knots and make the cards that went with the blankets, Tyjeski said.
The children were not alone in creating the blankets, Tyjeski said. Volunteers, including the children’s grandmothers, mothers and aunts, came together to help create the blankets.
“The cutting, tying and preparing was done by many here at our church,” Tyjeski said.
“As the blankets are prepared, there are prayers said over them by the one preparing it,” Tyjeski said. “Prayers were said on behalf of the person who will receive a blanket and then a prayer was said by our pastor and congregation on the day they were blessed.”
The congregation has made prayer shawls and baptism blankets in the past.
“We plan on continuing this mission and outreach program,” Tyjeski said.