"In fact, prayer shawl ministries do not have to be centered on one religion, or even necessarily any religion. A group of friends can get together and knit shawls for people in need, sending good thoughts along but not necessarily any formal blessings."
|Image via Temple of Witchcraft's Facebook post|
I learned about shawl ministries from a Facebook post by the Temple of Witchcraft. They have been working on creating their own shawl ministry after other successful "witch 'n' stitch" charity and group events. You can read more about the founding of the Temple of Witchcraft's Shawl Ministry in their Imbolc 2013 The Temple Bell newsletter. If you would like to donate shawls, the Temple of Witchcraft asks that you contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any Shawl Ministry questions.
I like the notion of blending the Craft with a craft, especially when the intention is to benefit and help someone else. Regardless of one's faith, "Shawl Ministries" and similar groups can offer positive intentions and interactions to those that are in need of someone to be understanding of their situation and be treated kindly.