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!

When Love Prevails

Thank you so much, Marie P. of Barnardsville, NC , for your determination to get your granny squares to us after having them refused at our old PO Box, and thank you also for making us aware that it happened.

Thank you so much,Marie P. of Barnardsville, NC , for your determination to get your granny squares to us after having them refused at our old PO Box, and thank you also for making us aware that it happened.

I am always genuinely touched when someone shares their time, resources, and talents with us. Today, even more so, when I opened the package of granny squares, from Marie P, of Barnardsville, NC, and found the old label that was on the package that she had mailed previously to our old PO Box address. It had been refused by the current PO box customer. Marie, I am so terribly sorry that it was returned to you, and not forwarded, or given to me. I appreciate more than I can express all the time, trouble, and expense you went through to make sure your gifts got to us to help others. The world would be a nicer place if everyone had a heart like your’s. We have posted our new address for a very long time now, but it’s understandable how someone would jot down an address and store it somewhere for later use. Thank you for your persistence, Marie! You are an angel! To make certain this doesn’t happen to anyone else, please note our mailing address:

GSOL
PO BOX 64
Jackson, NC 27845

The beautiful granny squares created and donated by Marie P. of Barnardsville, NC  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

The beautiful granny squares created and donated by Marie P. of Barnardsville, NC Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Today, I took two LARGE tote bags of baby blankets, hats, and booties to the Nurse and Family Partnership to give to first time mothers in need. Please know that your hard work and dedication are appreciated so very much!

Today was our delivery day.  It's as good as Christmas in July to those in need of the blankets, beanies, booties, and sweaters.

Today was our delivery day. It’s as good as Christmas in July to those in need of the blankets, beanies, booties, and sweaters.

The granny squares that everyone donates, and the blankets you crochet, DO make such a beautiful difference. Just look and see for yourself…

This little preemie did not like having his picture taken, but how does it feel to know that you wrapped a little angel in your love? :)

This little preemie did not like having his picture taken, but how does it feel to know that you wrapped a little angel in your love? :)

God bless all of you and thank you again for all that you do!

“Granny Squares of Love” Volunteers are Hard at Work!

“A VOLUNTEER is a person who is a light to others, giving witness in a mixed-up age, doing well and willingly the tasks at hand-namely, being aware of another’s needs and doing something about it.”— Unknown

Our Ahoskie GSOL Chapter met last night for an evening of pizza, chat, and crochet! In spite of the heat, vacations, gardens, and summer time activities we had a full house! Our volunteers whip stitched donated squares together to make adult sized afghans for the upcoming Winter Relief program coming to Ahoskie and for others in need. They brought in projects that they had finished up at home in exchange for more granny squares(that many of our long distance volunteers have donated) and yarn. There is a spirit of friendship and unity among those in this group that can’t be beat. I appreciate, and admire, their compassion and passion to help others in need. Check out their work:

The beautiful afghan crocheted by Nan!

The beautiful afghan crocheted by Nan!

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”— Unknown

REAL men do crochet! Tyler Dowling stepped up to the plate to help us whip stitch some granny squares together. We are soooo impressed and grateful!

REAL men do crochet! Tyler Dowling stepped up to the plate to help us whip stitch some granny squares together. We are soooo impressed and grateful!

Volunteerism is the voice of the people put into action. These actions shape and mold the present into a future of which we can all be proud.— Helen Dyer

Jen and Nan show off an adult size afghan. Beautiful granny squares! Beautiful team work!

Jen and Nan show off an adult size afghan. Beautiful granny squares! Beautiful team work!

“Citizen service is the very American idea that we meet our challenges not as isolated individuals but as members of a true community, with all of us working together. Our mission is nothing less than to spark a renewed sense of obligation, a new sense of duty, a new season of service…”
— Bill Clinton

Jen, you have every reason to smile! That afghan is gorgeous!

Jen, you have every reason to smile! That afghan is gorgeous!

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain love for one another.”— Erma Bombeck

I cannot begin to say how proud I am of these volunteers. They don't just hope for change. They create it!

I cannot begin to say how proud I am of these volunteers. They don’t just hope for change. They create it!

“Volunteering can be an exciting, growing, enjoyable experience. It is truly gratifying to serve a cause, practice one’s ideals, work with people, solve problems, see benefits, and know one had a hand in them.”— Harriet Naylor

Thank you and God bless you all!

With A Little Love We Can Work It Out

“In a world full of people who couldn’t care less, be someone who couldn’t care more.” ~Author Unknown

In the center of all that we do, love is key. Week after week, month after month, and year after year, we strive to make life a little more comfortable for those who are less fortunate than we are. I wish I had kept count of all the blankets we have made since this group began. I would have some idea how many people we have wrapped in kindness. Then again…who is keeping score? :) We do what we do with the right spirit and with happy hearts.

GSOL is still working on putting together the Winter Relief Program for Ahoskie, N.C. Please mark your calendar for August 26th and remember to pray for me that day at noon as I talk to area Pastors about the program.

During the summer, our meeting attendance always seems to dwindle a bit. Everyone gets busy with vacations, gardens, etc. Even I wasn’t able to attend the Jackson Chapter’s meeting this month. I sure missed seeing everyone and I hear everyone had a great time chatting and sharing tips and techniques. I am fortunate that I don’t have to cancel meetings if I am sick or something else gets in the way. I have been blessed with so many capable and willing volunteers. Thank you, Ladies, for also being my friends, and working with me toward a common goal. I do appreciate each and every one of you!

Before I forget, I wanted to share with all of you a free class that I found online that you might enjoy. Click here I hope you will enjoy it as much as I have.

As always, I want to show the gifts and talents of those who support our efforts. Check this out:

Donated granny squares whip stitched together by a GSOL volunteer.

Donated granny squares whip stitched together by a GSOL volunteer.

One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind. ~Malayan Proverb

Donated granny squares whip stitched together by a GSOL volunteer.

Donated granny squares whip stitched together by a GSOL volunteer.

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~Leo Buscaglia

WOW! Look at all the pretty granny squares donated by our long distance volunteer, P.L. Russell of Orlando, FLA!!!

WOW! Look at all the pretty granny squares donated by our long distance volunteer, P.L. Russell of Orlando, FLA!!!

A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses. ~Chinese Proverb

These warm hats will come in handy for our Winter Relief Program this year. They were crocheted and donated by P.L. Russell of Orlando, FLA.  Thank you so very much for sharing with us!!!

These warm hats will come in handy for our Winter Relief Program this year. They were crocheted and donated by P.L. Russell of Orlando, FLA. Thank you so very much for sharing with us!!!

Kind people are the best kind of people. ~Author Unknown

M. Schulze of Algonquin, IL., donated this baby afghan and hat in honor of Baby Elizabeth who is to be born any day, and has received a lot from her loving family. M. Shulze wanted to donated something in Baby Elizabeth's honor to a less fortunate little girl.  What a beautiful gesture! Thank you so kindly!

M. Schulze of Algonquin, IL., donated this baby afghan and hat in honor of Baby Elizabeth who is to be born any day, and has received a lot from her loving family. M. Shulze wanted to donated something in Baby Elizabeth’s honor to a less fortunate little girl. What a beautiful gesture! Thank you so kindly!

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

The beautiful lapghan donated by M. Schulze of Algonquin,IL.  Thank you!

The beautiful lapghan donated by M. Schulze of Algonquin,IL. Thank you!

“That’s it. Love makes us all strong.” ― E.A. Bucchianeri

Granny Squares and yarn donated by M. Schulze of Algonquin, IL.  Thank you again for sharing your time, talent and resources with us!

Granny Squares and yarn donated by M. Schulze of Algonquin, IL. Thank you again for sharing your time, talent and resources with us!

M. Schulze of Algoquin, IL. asked if we could also use partial skeins of yarn. The answer is yes! We appreciate the left over yarn from projects that you are working on. Thank you for asking as others might wonder the same thing.

Adult sized afghan crocheted by Kendra McGill of N.C. How awesome is that! I love it! Thank you, Kendra!

Adult sized afghan crocheted by Kendra McGill of N.C. How awesome is that! I love it! Thank you, Kendra!



The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers. ~Terri Guillemets

Donated squares whip stitched together by a GSOL volunteer.

Donated squares whip stitched together by a GSOL volunteer.

Another baby afghan/lapghan whip stitched together by a GSOL volunteer.

Another baby afghan/lapghan whip stitched together by a GSOL volunteer.

C2C baby blanket and hat crocheted by Sherry C. of N.C.  Thank you, Sherry! So pretty!!!

C2C baby blanket and hat crocheted by Sherry C. of N.C. Thank you, Sherry! So pretty!!!

I will be back next week after our Ahoskie Chapter meets. Much love to all of you!

Until next time….

Be happy, healthy and blessed!

Crocheted Blankets, Beanies, and More

“A gift in season is a double favor to the needy.”_ Publilius Syrus

Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY, is another long time long distance volunteer that has blessed us over and over with her time, talent, and resources. Today, we received her gift box filled with so many beautiful and useful items. They are sure to put a smile on the recipient’s face. Stay tuned as I show you how talented and generous this lady is. She gives from her heart and is certainly an example to us all. We are very grateful for your support, Nora. Thank you for all that you do!

Fourteen granny squares created and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY

Fourteen granny squares created and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY

A close up of a unique granny square created and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY

A close up of a unique granny square created and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY

“That best portion of a good man’s life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.” _William Wordsworth

Another close up shot of a unique granny square created and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY

Another close up shot of a unique granny square created and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY

An exquisite baby sweater and hat crocheted and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY

An exquisite baby sweater and hat crocheted and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY

A lovely infant sweater crocheted and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY.  Nora stated that it only takes her two days to make a sweater and only two hours to make a hat!

A lovely infant sweater crocheted and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY. Nora stated that it only takes her two days to make a sweater and only two hours to make a hat!



“The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.”_ William Wordsworth

A delightful sweater and hat crocheted and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY!

A delightful sweater and hat crocheted and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY!

I am always blown away by how much Nora is willing to do for others. She even bought this precious little outfit for a baby in need. Too sweet!

I am always blown away by how much Nora is willing to do for others. She even bought this precious little outfit for a baby in need. Too sweet!

Check out this marvelous blanket! It was crocheted and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY!

Check out this marvelous blanket! It was crocheted and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY!

Another lovely blanket crocheted and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY!

Another lovely blanket crocheted and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY!

“I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” _Ettiene De Grellet

Happiness is... a blanket crocheted and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY!

Happiness is… a blanket crocheted and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY!

Nora even considers our new volunteers who are learning to crochet. She donated two books to aid in learning the art of crochet.

Nora even considers our new volunteers who are learning to crochet. She donated two books to aid in learning the art of crochet.

Nora, your dedication and devotion to helping us to help others means more than words will ever say. Your kindness is amazing. Thank you…thank you….thank you…..

A Sampler Box of Granny Squares

Joan S. of Staten Island, NY, sent a box of 26 gorgeous granny squares. Joan has been a faithful long distance volunteer for some time now. We are so appreciative, that out of all the crochet for charity groups that are out there, that she chooses to share her time, talent and resources with us. Joan sent us granny squares of many different designs. I tried to take photo close ups of some of them so that our readers could see her beautiful work.

Joan sent us a note along with her gift that reads:

“Hi Granny Squares of Love,
How can I tell you how much I have enjoyed crocheting these 26 squares. I realize that I only need to send one square a month. However, my hook and yard WOULD NOT STOP! My love of crochet has it’s own mind! I am so happy I can help in a small way with my granny squares. Til next time I send squares.
~J “

Joan, we are grateful for your happy fingers with a mind of their own. :) Thank you again for all that you do to help us to help others!

Check out Joan’s fancy granny squares:

26 granny squares  created and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY

26 granny squares created and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.” _Erma Bombeck

Created and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY

Created and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY

Created and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY

Created and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY

Created and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY

Created and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY

Granny Square created and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY

Granny Square created and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY

Granny Square created and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY

Granny Square created and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY

Granny Square created and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY

Granny Square created and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY

Granny Square created and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY

Granny Square created and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY

Granny Square created and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY

Granny Square created and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY

Granny Square created and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY

Granny Square created and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY

Granny Square created and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY

Granny Square created and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY

Granny Square created and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY

Granny Square created and donated by Joan S. of Staten Island, NY

I didn’t have time to show case each one, but I wanted to show you the variety, and her Joan’s skill and talent.

Until next time….

Be happy, healthy and blessed!

To all my newbies, I leave this quote : :)

“If you can’t excell with talent, triumph with effort.” _Dave Weinbaum

June’s Granny Squares and More Completed Blankets

“Don’t wait for other people to be loving, giving, compassionate, grateful, forgiving, generous, or friendly… lead the way!” ― Steve Maraboli

I am a bit behind schedule posting here. Forgive me. It was the last stretch of school for my grandchildren and they were down to the wire getting ready for those end of year tests. Fortunately, all the hard work and preparation paid off. They were ALL promoted to the next grade! Right now the house is quiet as my grandchildren are on vacation. So, here I am! Better late than never, right? :)

R. Moore of Casselberry, FL sent us 35 granny squares!!! Such happy colors and they are beautiful! Thank you so very much.

R. Moore of Casselberry, FL sent us 35 granny squares!!! Such happy colors and they are beautiful! Thank you so very much.

“Wealth isn’t always measured in dollar signs. We each have time, talent and creativity, all of which can be powerful forces for positive change. Share your blessings in whatever form they come and to whatever level you have been blessed.” ― Jon M. Huntsman Sr.

Sharing below some completed projects made with donated granny squares:

Adult size afghan

Adult size afghan

“By what you get, you make a living; what you give, however, makes a life” ― Arthur Asche

Infant blanket

Infant blanket

“The best kind of happiness is a habit you’re passionate about.” ― Shannon L. Alder

Infant blanket

Infant blanket

You don’t do kind deeds expecting kindness in return. You don’t do kind deeds because you deem the recipient worthy. You do kind deeds because it’s who you are, and because you understand the powerful difference your gentle hand makes in this dreary world.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich

Adult size afghan. It takes three seasons to prepare for the need in Winter. We are getting there.

Adult size afghan. It seems to take three seasons to prepare for the need in Winter. We are getting there.

I trust all of you are enjoying the summer. What projects are you working on? Is there anyone already making Christmas gifts?

Until next time…
Be healthy, happy and blessed!