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Crockett Road Church of Christ member Glenda Baskin delivers a lap-size afghan to Palestine nursing home resident and fellow church member Ed Missildine last week. Baskin, a Crockett resident, delivered eight of the afghans to church members in nursing homes as a means to share love and brighten their day.

After retiring from almost 30 years of helping others through her work, Crockett resident Glenda Baskin continues to minister to others in another special way.

Baskin, who is a member of Crockett Road Church of Christ in Palestine, saw a need to brighten the days of members of her church who currently reside in nursing homes. So she put her hands to work and crocheted lap-sized afghans to distribute to them.

“I just got the idea that the members of our church in nursing homes would enjoy having a lap blanket,” Baskin said. “I want them to know that their church loves and cares for them no matter where they are.

“It has been great to see the smiles on their faces — to see them all lit up,” she said.

Baskin learned to crochet just a couple of years ago from a lady in Navasota. She has made 45 afghans so far, with eight of those distributed at Palestine nursing homes last week.

“I design my own blankets,” she said. “And I try to come up with designs that are unique to the individual’s personality.”

Baskin has never sold any of her crochet creations — each of them are given away as baby blankets or as gifts for her family.

“I just enjoy seeing people happy,” she said. “And it is fun to do.”

Baskin retired from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in 2001, where she worked in the Office of the Inspector General. Prior to that time she worked as a specialist with Child Protective Services.

“I have always enjoyed helping people through my work,” she said. “It was remembering how the children I worked with in CPS clung to a blanket for comfort that led me to make the afghans.

“It is something that offers them warmth, security and love.”

Before moving to her parent’s home in Crockett over a year ago, Baskin lived in Anderson. She and her husband of over 30 years, Larry, have five children and 19 grandchildren.

The couple travels to Palestine for church each Sunday with a daughter and two grandchildren.

“It is the love of the members and the positive lessons learned through the weekly sermon that makes our trip to Palestine worthwhile,” she said. “It is like a big family — if anyone ever needs something, our church is always there.”

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Mary Rainwater may be contacted via e-mail at mrainwater@palestineherald.com

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