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!

 

 

 

Beautiful Crocheted Gifts in September

“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with your talent is your gift back to God.” _ Leo Buscaglia

I have been a little slow getting photos up of all the beautiful donations that arrive. I appreciate your patience as my husband heals from a quadruple bypass heart surgery. If all goes well, and he continues to improve, he should be home this week! :)  Your kindness remains a bright spot in my day. Check out what I recently found in our PO Box:

 

Three beautiful baby blankets, and beanies, crocheted and donated by our long distance volunteer: P.L Russell of Orlando, Florida! You are awesome! Thank you so very much!

Three beautiful baby blankets, and beanies, crocheted and donated by our long distance volunteer: P.L Russell of Orlando, Florida! You are awesome! Thank you so very much!

 

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” _John Holmes

 

More lovely granny squares that were crocheted and donated by P.L. Russell of Orlando,Florida. We appreciate you so much. Thank you again and again! I have already started whipstitching your squares into a blanket. :)

More lovely granny squares that were crocheted and donated by P.L. Russell of Orlando,Florida. We appreciate you so much. Thank you again and again! I have already started whipstitching your squares into a blanket. :)

 

One of our GSOL chapters is having a meeting tonight. I hope to be here soon with more news. Until then….

Be happy, well, and blessed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Crochet and Drive….

Now that I’ve got your attention, check out our latest news! :)

Our Roanoke Rapids chapter, under the direction of Sherry Casey, had it's first meeting. As you can see, it's off to a good start!

Our Roanoke Rapids chapter, under the direction of Sherry Casey, had it’s first meeting. As you can see, it’s off to a good start!

 

VOLUNTEERISM…pass it down to your children as tradition, but more important, it’s a gift for a lifetime.

 

 

GSOL's first meeting in Roanoke Rapids, NC at the library.

GSOL’s first meeting in Roanoke Rapids, NC at the library.

 

“A volunteer leader’s personal passion for the group’s mission is contagious and it motivates.” By John M. Knibb

 

 

Laurie volunteers to whipstitch. We are happy to have those who will whipstitch granny squares together!

Laurie volunteers to whipstitch. We are happy to have those who will whipstitch granny squares together!

 

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”
-Albert Schweitzer

 

Sherry Casey did a beautiful job of displaying GSOL in the show case at the Library.

Sherry Casey did a beautiful job of displaying GSOL in the show case at the Library.

 

No one cares what you know, unless they know that you care.”

 

Another view of the GSOL display in the Library's show case.

Another view of the GSOL display in the Library’s show case.

 

“Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful.”

 

We appreciate our long distance volunteers so very much! We are always thankful for yarn, and look at the beautiful granny squares crocheted and donated by Bonnie B. of Michigan City, IN!!!  I love them! Thank you for helping us, Bonnie!

We appreciate our long distance volunteers so very much! We are always thankful for yarn, and look at the beautiful granny squares crocheted and donated by Bonnie B. of Michigan City, IN!!! I love them! Thank you for helping us, Bonnie!

 

Bonnie just added her state, Indiana, to our list of Benevolent States! :)

Bonnie just added her state, Indiana, to our list of Benevolent States! :)

 

“It wasn’t the reward that mattered or the recognition you might harvest. It was your depth of commitment, your quality of service, the product of your devotion — these were the things that counted in life. When you gave purely, the honor in giving, and that was honor enough.”
–Captain Scott O’Grady

 

So very lovely are the granny squares crocheted and donated by Jeannine D. of Valencia, CA.  Thank you again, Jeannine!!!

So very lovely are the granny squares crocheted and donated by Jeannine D. of Valencia, CA. Thank you again, Jeannine!!!

 

“I am a co-creator, an active agent in this universe who makes things happen. If I want the world to change, I have to change it.”
–Danah Zohar

 

The beautiful baby blanket crocheted and donated by: Jeannine D. of Valencia, CA.  Thank you soooo much!

The beautiful baby blanket crocheted and donated by: Jeannine D. of Valencia, CA. Thank you soooo much!

 

“It just feels like through our little projects and visits, we are being the hands and feet of God.”_Women of Faith

 

Another gorgeous baby blanket crocheted and donated by: Jeannine D. of Valencia, CA   Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Another gorgeous baby blanket crocheted and donated by: Jeannine D. of Valencia, CA Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

 

 

As you can see, September has only started and we are off to a great start. Thank you for all that you do. May God bless each of you as richly as you bless others.

 

 

Our Mercy Mission

Hat and scarf set for the homeless.

Hat and scarf set for the homeless.

You have heard me talk for some time now about our hope to create a Winter Relief program for the homeless in a town that is located near me. Recently, a town meeting was held with the town’s Pastors to discuss the program, what it involved, and how they could participate. I had worked a long time to make this meeting happen. Unfortunately, my dear husband had a heart attack and underwent a quadruple bypass heart surgery, and I was unable to attend the meeting. My brother, Barry Crowley, came to my rescue and headed up this meeting for me. The meeting was covered by the local newspaper. I hope the news article will shed additional light on what we are all about and what we hope to accomplish in the near future.

God love you and God bless you!

The Things We Do For Love

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”_Dalai Lama

Beautiful granny squares coming to us all the way from California! Thank you so much, Sarah Z. of Aptos, CA!!!

Beautiful granny squares coming to us all the way from California! Thank you so much, Sarah Z. of Aptos, CA!!!

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”_Lao Tzu

We are blessed with the 84 gorgeous granny squares crocheted and donated by P.L. Russell of Orlando, Florida.  Your generosity is amazing! Thank you so much for all that you do for others.

We are blessed with the 84 gorgeous granny squares crocheted and donated by P.L. Russell of Orlando, Florida. Your generosity is amazing! Thank you so much for all that you do for others.

“God’s dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion.”_Desmond Tutu

Look at all the beautiful items crocheted and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY!  Thank you again, Nora, for all that you do to help us help others. So many wonderful gifts were inside the box  you sent.  I wanted to take a photo of each individual item, but with my computer acting up, it would have taken forever to download on the page. Thank you, Nora! I sincerely mean it.

Look at all the beautiful items crocheted and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY! Thank you again, Nora, for all that you do to help us help others. So many wonderful gifts were inside the box you sent. I wanted to take a photo of each individual item, but with my computer acting up, it would have taken forever to download on the page. Thank you, Nora! I sincerely mean it.

“True compassion means not only feeling another’s pain but also being moved to help relieve it.”_Daniel Goleman

Check out the beautiful granny squares crocheted and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY. Thank you again, Joan!!!

Check out the beautiful granny squares crocheted and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY. Thank you again, Joan!!!

“I think one of the best words in the English language is ‘compassion.’ I think it holds everything. It holds love, it holds care… and if everybody just did something. We all make a difference.”_Michael Crawford

The Ahoskie Chapter had another nice turn out tonight. One got away before I pulled out my camera. LOL  It was a great night to whipstitch, crochet, chat and eat pizza!

The Ahoskie Chapter had another nice turn out tonight. One got away before I pulled out my camera. It was a great night to whipstitch, crochet, chat and eat pizza!

“Enlightened leadership is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as the domain of awareness where we experience values like truth, goodness, beauty, love and compassion, and also intuition, creativity, insight and focused attention.”_Deepak Chopra

Cherie and Nan hold up the adult size afghan that Nan whipstitched together with YOUR squares. Isn't it beautiful?!!!

Cherie and Nan hold up the adult size afghan that Nan whipstitched together with YOUR squares. Isn’t it beautiful?!!!

“Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.”_Confucius

Eisley and Michelle show off the adult size afghan created by Michelle. I love it!!!

Eisley and Michelle show off the adult size afghan created by Michelle. I love it!!!

“Mindfulness is about love and loving life. When you cultivate this love, it gives you clarity and compassion for life, and your actions happen in accordance with that.”_Jon Kabat-Zinn

Keeping you up to date with our other news…..

Sherry Casey, is our GSOL Meeting Coordinator for Roanoke Rapids, NC  She plans to hold her first meeting in September. We are sooo excited!  Sherry has great leadership skills and I am sure her Chapter will be off and running in no time.

Sherry Casey, is our GSOL Meeting Coordinator for Roanoke Rapids, NC She plans to hold her first meeting in September. We are sooo excited! Sherry has great leadership skills and I am sure her Chapter will be off and running in no time.

We are still geared to hold a meeting, toward the end of this month, with the Pastors in Ahoskie, N.C. to discuss a Winter Relief Program for those who are homeless and in need. Don’t forget to pray for us on the 26th. We will need it!

Until next time….

Be healthy, happy, and blessed!

Crocheted Gifts from Talented Hands and Kind Hearts

“Art to me is a humanitarian act and I believe that there is a responsibility that art should somehow be able to effect mankind, to make the world a better place.”_Jeff Koons

I have been limping around with a sprained knee and it has delayed my getting here to display the latest beautiful donations. So without further adieu, here they are!

A very pretty baby blanket and beanie crocheted and donated by Denise Helms of N.C.

A very pretty baby blanket and beanie crocheted and donated by Denise Helms of N.C.

Ten pretty granny squares crocheted and donated by Denise Helms of N.C.

Ten pretty granny squares crocheted and donated by Denise Helms of N.C.

A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble. ~Charles H. Spurgeon

If you remember, recently someone donated a baby blanket in honor of Baby Elizabeth. Elizabeth was born on June 30th! Elizabeth is indeed born into a very loving family. Elizabeth's grandmother, Kathy C. of Wilmington, Mass., sent us 40 gorgeous crocheted granny squares! Thank you so much and congratulations on your granddaughter, Elizabeth!!!

If you remember, recently someone donated a baby blanket in honor of Baby Elizabeth. Elizabeth was born on June 30th! Elizabeth is indeed born into a very loving family. Elizabeth’s grandmother, Kathy C. of Wilmington, Mass., sent us 40 gorgeous crocheted granny squares! Thank you so much and congratulations on your granddaughter, Elizabeth!!!

Also, Kathy, you are the first person to step up and represent Massachusetts! :) Thank you for adding your state to our list of Benevolent States!
When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people. ~Abraham Joshua Heschel

Kendra McGill crochets at the speed of lightning! I still don't know how she manages to crank out so many adult size afghans with a busy schedule and young children at home. She is amazing and her creations are beautiful!

Kendra McGill crochets at the speed of lightning! I still don’t know how she manages to crank out so many adult size afghans with a busy schedule and young children at home. She is amazing and her creations are beautiful!

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Adult size afghan created and donated by Kendra McGill of N.C. I love it!

Adult size afghan created and donated by Kendra McGill of N.C. I love it!

Because that’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can. ~Andrew Iskander

Adult size afghan crocheted and donated by Kendra McGill of N.C.  Thank you so much, Kendra, for all of your hard work and dedication. We appreciate you so much!

Adult size afghan crocheted and donated by Kendra McGill of N.C. Thank you so much, Kendra, for all of your hard work and dedication. We appreciate you so much!

August will be a busy month for GSOL as we gear up for a Winter Relief program that we are trying to pull together for Ahoskie, N.C. Say a prayer for us that we will be able to get this off the ground.

Thank you for all that you do!

Until next time….

Be happy, healthy and blessed!