POSTED: Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 8:57pm
UPDATED: Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 8:57pm
Longview — Visits with cancer patients are teaching a group of teens to look beyond themselves to a greater pattern.
“We’ve learned it’s not about us — it’s about other people,” said Avery Barnhill, who with 14 fellow members of a girls’ church group brought two handmade quilts, with encouragement stitched in, to Texas Oncology-Longview Cancer Center on Friday.
Members of the Seventh Grade Girls Life Group at New Beginnings Baptist Church have been visiting cancer patients at Good Shepherd Medical Center since fall.
Avery said she was taken by the patients’ concern for others.
“They worried about their friends and family members and not just themselves,” she said.
“They just told us to pray for their families to keep strong through their sickness,” fellow 13-year-old Elizabeth Whitwell added.
Friday’s good gesture extended the youths’ ministry to the Fourth Street cancer treatment center.
The young women, all but two of whom never quilted, stitched the roughly 4-by-5-foot quilts, with help from experienced elders. After a night of preliminary work, the girls and their mentors kept the machines humming at Sharman’s Sewing Center for two or three hours to complete.
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