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Home > Interpreter Magazine > Archives > 2005 Archives > February-March 2005 > Peacemakers with needle and thread

Marilyn Ziegler has belonged to the church craft group for more than 30 years.
Peacemakers with needle and thread

Members at Lake Oswego (Ore.) Church are using craft skills to care for children far beyond their congregation.

Several months ago, the church craft group began a project supporting the organization Rag Dolls 2 Love Inc. The agency works with volunteers such as the Lake Oswego Church craft group to create and deliver simple rag dolls to children in war-ravaged countries.

As cloth ambassadors, the dolls serve as a “lovable object” for children living with daily violence. The dolls are ethnically correct for the area where they are sent. Their design is simple, without hair or clothing. The dolls do have a heart, eyes and a smile and are precisely 20 inches long — just the right size for a child to hug or to tuck beneath their arm.

“Since we began sewing the ‘Rag Dolls 2 Love,’ we’ve made 74 dolls and plan to keep making them,” says Marilyn Zeigler, leader of the church craft group.

Volunteers such as the Lake Oswego group have contributed more than 1,750 handmade dolls that have found their way to children in Palestine, Israel, Haiti, Sudan, Baghdad and Fallujah.

To learn more about Rag Dolls 2 Love Inc., e-mail or visit Reach the church by calling (503) 636-8423 or e-mailing

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