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!

 

 

 

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.