Truth Frequency Radio

Nov 06, 2013

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A tiny package from Colorado renewed Susan Cottrell’s faith in humanity.

The London, Ont., woman was surprised and deeply moved last Friday when the Star delivered her the parcel, containing a handmade dark-green shawl with leaf patterns and studded with copper beads.

Wrapped inside the lime-green tissue paper was not just a piece of clothing, but also the thoughtfulness of a complete stranger named Katrina King, of Fort Collins, Co.

In a handwritten note accompanying the gift, King wrote that she had read via Facebook the Star’s Oct. 12 piece about Cottrell losing a lace shawl she had knit to keep calm while her husband teetered between life and death as he underwent double-lung transplant surgery.

The shawl vanished from Toronto General Hospital in August.

“The first thought I had was, ‘She needs a shawl for her niece’s wedding,’” said the note, which Cottrell read aloud, sometimes pausing.

King’s shawl was first sent to the Star, and the newspaper brought it to Cottrell at eweKnit on Markham St., where she teaches a class once a week. She immediately replaced the black shawl she was wearing with King’s creation.

“It’s gorgeous. How very, very thoughtful,” said Cottrell. “You can only appreciate the kind of work it takes to make this when you’ve done it yourself. I would give her such a big hug.”

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