Winter Relief Update

“Sometimes it’s easy to walk by because we know we can’t change someone’s whole life in a single afternoon. But what we fail to realize it that simple kindness can go a long way toward encouraging someone who is stuck in a desolate place.”   Mike Yankoski

Yesterday, I met with a number of Pastors, or their representatives, in Ahoskie, N.C. to discuss again how we might provide an emergency rotating shelter this winter for the homeless in that community.  The Carpenter Shop International Church graciously offered “Granny Squares of Love” the use of their conference room for every meeting since August.  We are so grateful for their support and their belief in what we wanted to accomplish. There are other churches in that town that also want to take part in helping the town’s most vulnerable citizens. Namely: The First Presbyterian Church, Open Arms Church, Higher Ground Church, St. Thomas Episcopal Church,  Ahoskie Christian Center, First Baptist Church, and the Soul Saving Station.  If you live in Ahoskie, I would encourage you to attend one of the above places of worship. They have heart.

Fortunately, there was a turn in events at yesterday’s meeting that altered our current plans because a much better solution was offered. Sondra Dickens came forward, expressed her vision of opening a homeless shelter in Ahoskie, and her heart for the homeless. Sondra feels that she can have the shelter operational by Jan. 2015.  Now, we will change direction and help Ms. Dickens however we can.  What a blessing she is!  What an answer to prayer!  Sondra Dickens asked that we start collecting can goods, and personal sized toiletries, to have them ready when the doors to the shelter open. GSOL will also supply the shelter with blankets.

Present at the Pastor's meeting: (Left to right) Pastor Paul for Carpenter Shop, C.J.Lyons for Open Arms Church, Sondra Dickens -visionary, Rita New for GSOL, Glema Demario for Open Arms Church, Pastor Smith for Ahoskie Christian Center,Barry Crowley with GSOL (who took this photo)

Present at the Pastor’s meeting: (Left to right) Pastor Paul for Carpenter Shop, C.J.Lyons for Open Arms Church, Sondra Dickens -visionary, Rita New for GSOL, Glema Demario for Open Arms Church, Pastor Smith for Ahoskie Christian Center,Barry Crowley with GSOL (who took this photo)

Until next time…..

Be happy, healthy, and blessed!

 

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Every Granny Square Helps

“A little help at the right time is better than a lot of help at the wrong time.”_Unknown

The GSOL Chapter in Jackson, N.C. delivered baby blankets and beanies this past Friday. The Nurse and Family Partnership, who helps first time mothers in need, are always so appreciative of each blanket, beanie, and sweater that we bring to them.  The need is never ending. New babies arrive every month. It’s a project we have invested our hearts in. Thanks to each of you who have helped by donating squares, yarn, blankets, beanies, sweaters, or helped us whip stitch squares together to make baby blankets. You make a beautiful difference. Don’t ever forget that!

October's delivery of baby blankets, beanies, and sweaters to the Nurse and Family Partnership.

October’s delivery of baby blankets, beanies, and sweaters to the Nurse and Family Partnership.

“I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”_Khalil Gibran

Thanks to Julie M. of Pennsboro, WV, we now can list West Virginia as one of benevolent States!

Thanks to Julie M. of Pennsboro, WV, we now can list West Virginia as one of benevolent States!

 

 

“The bank of love is never bankrupt.”_Steve Maraboli
Julie M. of Pennsboro, W.V. crocheted and donated the pretty granny squares shown here. Thank you, Julie!

Julie M. of Pennsboro, W.V. crocheted and donated the pretty granny squares shown here. Thank you, Julie!

 

 

“You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”_Carl Jung
I hope everyone is enjoying the cooler weather that accompanies Autumn. Until next time….
Be happy, healthy, and blessed!
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Crocheting to Make a Difference

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We are still working toward our goal of organizing emergency temporary shelter, for this winter, in a nearby county that does not have a homeless shelter. We are asking 7 churches in that community to pick a day of the week that they will host, through the months of Jan. and Feb., when the temperatures drop to freezing. We are set to meet with the pastors of that community again on Oct. 28th. and get things in place. Our goal is to provide blankets to the churches hosting as emergency shelters, and hopefully, provide some of the mats. I believe all the needs will be met to make this needed operation work. Simply because….it is the right thing to do!

We are fortunate to have so many women, both local and long distance, who use their time, talents, and resources to help us to help others. Without further adieu, I would like to post photos of all the recent gifts of love that have been donated.

 

Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY is always such a blessing to us. Just look at the beautiful things she donated. Thank you, Nora!

Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY is always such a blessing to us. Just look at the beautiful things she donated. Thank you, Nora!

 

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”― Maya Angelou

 

A beginner's crochet class that GSOL offers at no cost in Jackson,NC. Keeping the art alive!

A beginner’s crochet class that GSOL offers at no cost in Jackson,NC. Keeping the art alive!

 

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” _John Bunyun

 

Granny Squares crocheted by Cindy Lee for the Roanoke Rapids Chapter.

Granny Squares crocheted by Cindy Lee for the Roanoke Rapids Chapter.

 

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.

 

A scarf crocheted and donated by Brandi Casey of the GSOL Chapter in Roanoke Rapids, NC

A scarf crocheted and donated by Brandi Casey of the GSOL Chapter in Roanoke Rapids, NC

 

“The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” ― _Mahatma Ghandi

 

A lapghan created by the GSOL chapter in Roanoke Rapids, NC

A lapghan created by the GSOL chapter in Roanoke Rapids, NC

 

 “Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.” ―Horace Mann

 

An adult sized afghan created with your donated granny squares. Whipstitched together by GSOL'S Roanoke Rapids Chapter.

An adult sized afghan created with your donated granny squares. Whipstitched together by GSOL’S Roanoke Rapids Chapter.

 

“To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.” ― Abraham Lincoln

 

Hat and scarf set crocheted and donated by Sherry Casey of GSOL's Roanoke Rapids Chapter.

Hat and scarf set crocheted and donated by Sherry Casey of GSOL’s Roanoke Rapids Chapter.

 

“There is not a man of us who does not at times need a helping hand to be stretched out to him, and then shame upon him who will not stretch out the helping hand to his brother.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

 

Lapghan crocheted with donated granny squares and Sherry Casey (GSOL's Roanoke Rapids Chapter) creative flair.

Lapghan crocheted with donated granny squares and Sherry Casey (GSOL’s Roanoke Rapids Chapter) creative flair.

 

“Behold I do not give lectures or a little charity, when I give I give myself.” ― Walt Whitman

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Thank you for all that you do! You are simply amazing!

Until next time….

Be happy, healthy, and blessed!

 

 

 

 

 

October’s Bountiful Crochet News

Beautiful Baby Blankets created from gorgeous donated crocheted granny squares.

Beautiful Baby Blankets created from gorgeous donated crocheted granny squares.

 

 

We always think of Harvest time when October rolls around. It always signals the beginning of much cooler temperatures and an urgency to get our blankets to those who need them. With winter approaching, there are many who do not have adequate heat in their homes, or shelter of any kind, and we appreciate, more than ever, all of you who help us to keep them warm with your donations of granny squares, blankets, hats, and yarn.

Our latest delivery of baby blankets and beanies to the Nurse and Family Partnership for first time mothers in need.

Our latest delivery of baby blankets and beanies to the Nurse and Family Partnership for first time mothers in need.

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”_Oscar Wilde

Such pretty granny squares crocheted and donated by K. Fallon of New York! Beautiful work, Ms. Fallon!  Thank you ever so much!

Such pretty granny squares crocheted and donated by K. Fallon of New York! Beautiful work, Ms. Fallon! Thank you ever so much!

“Kindness has converted more sinner than zeal, eloquence, or learning.”_Frederick W. Pabor

Check out all of the yarn and gorgeous granny squares crocheted and donated by our long time long distance volunteer, P.L. Russell, of Orlando, Florida! THANK YOU!!! We appreciate you so much. We have already started putting your squares together to make an adult sized afghan.

Check out all of the yarn and gorgeous granny squares crocheted and donated by our long time long distance volunteer, P.L. Russell, of Orlando, Florida! THANK YOU!!! We appreciate you so much. We have already started putting your squares together to make an adult sized afghan.

It was slim pickings when it came to attendance at last night's meeting. However, the scriptures state that were two or three are gathered in his name, God is with them. So we whip stitched and chatted. Great bonding time while working together for great causes.

It was slim pickings when it came to attendance at last night’s meeting. However, the scriptures state that where two or three are gathered in his name, God is with them. So we whip stitched and chatted. Great bonding time while working together for great causes.

“Kindness is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back!”_Unknown

This baby blanket is perfect for a baby boy! It has the cutest newsboy brim on the hat too. It was crocheted and donated by Sherry Casey of Roanoke Rapids! Thank you, Sherry!

This baby blanket is perfect for a baby boy! It has the cutest newsboy brim on the hat too. It was crocheted and donated by Sherry Casey of Roanoke Rapids! Thank you, Sherry!

 

I love the colors in this adult sized afghan crocheted and donated by Denise Barnes of Seaboard, NC. Thank you, Denise!

I love the colors in this adult sized afghan crocheted and donated by Denise Barnes of Seaboard, NC. Thank you, Denise!

 

“It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice!”_Unknown

Another very pretty adult sized afghan crocheted and donated by Denise Barnes of Seaboard, NC. Thank you again, Denise!!!

Another very pretty adult sized afghan crocheted and donated by Denise Barnes of Seaboard, NC. Thank you again, Denise!!!

 

“Kindness in words created confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” _ Lao Tzu

 

Two beautiful adult sized afghans donated by our volunteer,  Joan Lassiter, of Lasker, NC. Thank you, Joan. We sure do appreciate you!

Two beautiful adult sized afghans donated by our volunteer, Joan Lassiter, of Lasker, NC. Thank you, Joan. We sure do appreciate you!

 

In case you missed it, check out what is happening with the Winter Relief Program we have been working on for many months. ! Click>>>>HERE.

 

Since there is strength in numbers, I have a favor to ask. Would you mind posting our link to your Facebook wall and asking your friends to “Like” our page and to share it on their wall also?  We are trying to get 500 likes and we need less than 50 to reach that current goal.  Check us out on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/GrannySquaresofLove

 

Until next time….

Be happy, healthy, and blessed!

charity

 

 

 

 

Crocheting Up Some Love

“A handmade blanket makes me feel loved. Just knowing that a complete stranger cared for me.” _Anonymous Blanket Recipient

The 13 granny squares, 3 baby blankets with matching hats were crocheted and donated by Marianne S.  of Algonquin, IL!  We also appreciate the donated yarn. You continue to be a blessing to us and others. Thank you so very much!

The 13 granny squares, 3 baby blankets with matching hats were crocheted and donated by Marianne S. of Algonquin, IL! We also appreciate the donated yarn. You continue to be a blessing to us and others. Thank you so very much!

Marianne, it was also very thoughtful of you to ask about my husband, who recently had open heart surgery. He is getting better day by day. I am so very grateful that he survived the heart attack and the surgeon was able to help him. He is now on the mend. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and angel hugs. :)

The six perfectly beautiful granny squares crocheted and donated by Natalie G. of State College, Pa.  We appreciate your kindness! Thank you for sharing your time, talent, and resources with us to help others.

The six perfectly beautiful granny squares crocheted and donated by Natalie G. of State College, Pa. We appreciate your kindness! Thank you for sharing your time, talent, and resources with us to help others.

Natalie added Pennsylvania to our list of Benevolent States!

Natalie added Pennsylvania to our list of Benevolent States!

“Gifts of the heart can’t be claimed by anyone except the giver.” _Nicholas Sparks

Five lovely granny squares crocheted and donated by Amy B. of Shipman, Va. Thank you again, Amy!  I haven't forgotten you. Thank you for the granny squares and for being a loyal follower dedicated to our cause.

Five lovely granny squares crocheted and donated by Amy B. of Shipman, Va. Thank you again, Amy! I haven’t forgotten you. Thank you for the granny squares and for being a loyal follower dedicated to our cause.

Sherry Casey created this baby blanket around donated granny squares. Great job, Sherry! You are very talented!

Sherry Casey created this baby blanket around donated granny squares. Great job, Sherry! You are very talented!

Baby blanket and hat crocheted and donated by Sherry Casey. It's beautiful, Sherry. Thank you!

Baby blanket and hat crocheted and donated by Sherry Casey. It’s beautiful, Sherry. Thank you!

Before I close, I would appreciate your thoughts and prayers on September 30th, 2014 at 11 am. I meet again with the pastors in Ahoskie, NC to discuss, and hopefully come up with a hosting schedule, for this years Winter Relief Program.

Until next time,

Be happy, healthy and blessed !

Your Granny Squares Make the Difference

“He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord.” — Proverbs 19:17

I enjoy sharing photos of all the kindness that finds it’s way into our mailbox.  You help to accomplish so much more than we ever could on our own. Please do not ever think that your granny squares do not make a difference. Even just one granny speeds us along to making an extra blanket for those in need.  Thank you again for all that you do to help us to help others.

The completed afghan made from the granny squares that were crocheted and donated by Bonnie B. of IN.  Beautiful!!!

The completed afghan made from the granny squares that were crocheted and donated by Bonnie B. of IN. Beautiful!!!

“You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving.”-Unknown

More beautiful granny squares crocheted and donated by Bonnie B. of Michigan, IN!!! Thank you so very much!

More beautiful granny squares crocheted and donated by Bonnie B. of Michigan, IN!!! Thank you so very much!

Bonnie’s second package arrived at an old address that is no longer correct. Fortunately, this time, it made it’s way to us. Please everyone note our correct mailing address to make certain that your granny squares to get to us.

Our correct mailing address is:

GSOL

ATT: Rita New

PO BOX 64

Jackson, NC  27845

Until next time…..

Be healthy, happy, and blessed!

a crochet fairy

It’s Raining Crocheted Blankets

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”_Booker T. Washington

It rained here today. ALL DAY LONG! I was almost certain that the rain would chase all our volunteers, in the Ahoskie chapter, away tonight. Fortunately, I was wrong. We had a some ladies missing, but Jen still had a good turn out. They swapped their blankets for  yarn, chatted, and enjoyed a meal together. It was a fun time!  I took a few pictures to share with you.

 

The Ahoskie Chapter is not afraid of a little rain. :)

The Ahoskie Chapter is not afraid of a little rain. :)

 

“You cant use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”_Maya Angelou

 

Cherie displays a blanket she whipstitched together from donated granny squares. Jen is working on a granny square beside her.

Cherie displays a blanket she whip stitched together from donated granny squares. Jen is working on a granny square beside her.

 

“The heart benevolent and kind the most resembles God.”_Rober Burns

 

Cherie shows a second blanket she whip stitched together from donated squares. She is a whip stitching machine!

Cherie shows a second blanket she whip stitched together from donated squares. She is a whip stitching machine!

Great persons are able to do great kindnesses._Miquel de Cervantes Saavedra

Nan also displays a blanket she whip stitched together from your donated granny squares. It takes team work to make the dream work!

Nan also displays a blanket she whip stitched together from your donated granny squares. It takes team work to make the dream work!

 

The single most valuable human trait, the one quality every schoolchild and adult should be taught to nurture, is, quite simply, kindness._Derren Victor Brown

 

Jen displays a blanket she whip stitched together using your donated granny squares!

Jen displays a blanket she whip stitched together using your donated granny squares!

 

Thanks to all of you, together we will make those in need warmer this winter.

 

Until next time…..

 

Be healthy, happy, and blessed!