When service men and women are far from their families in all kinds of conditions, they can reach into their pockets and feel a soft, knitted square made with love and compassion by people who care and pray for their safety.

Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, women in the Knitting Krew at the Greencastle Senior Center get together, talk about life and knit prayer squares.

According to Thelma Peerce, a member of the Knitting Krew, the purpose of the prayer squares is “to make the soldiers feel that the Lord is with them.”

“The squares take about 15 or 20 minutes to make. We usually will have close to 70 or so to take down to Hagerstown when we are finished,” said Sandy McGowan, another knitter.

The finished squares are taken to drop-off locations in the area, which include Boonsboro Free Library, Southside Bowling Alley and First Christian Church in Hagerstown.

“I go and pick them up from the drop-off locations,” said Melissa Slifer. “I then take them to either Trinity Lutheran Church in Boonsboro or United Christian Fellowship church to be blessed and then I ship them to our military men and women.”

Slifer started making prayer squares for her son-in law, who was deployed in February and is serving aboard the aircraft carrier the USS George H.W. Bush. Since then, she and the others in the area have supplied nearly 500 prayer squares with close to 200 more ready to go soon.

“It gives the soldiers comfort,” said Slifer.

For more information about the Knitting Krew and the senior center, call 717-597-2020. For more information about the the prayer squares email Melissa Slifer at slifersrus3@myactv.net.