GSOL is now 5 years old!
My how time flies! Who would have thought we would have come so far?! It has been an amazing journey. So much has been accomplished along the way. As I look back over the years, I see God’s provision and blessing. I have met so many kindred spirits. So many volunteers from across the nation have pitched in to help us. Here’s the miraculous firsthand: Though we operate solely on donated yarn and donated granny squares, we have never run out of yarn! Our yarn stash ran low a few times, but we never ever ran out. I know God’s hand is on our efforts. I believe he sends us the materials we need through angel helpers like YOU. We thank each and everyone of you who have been with us from the beginning, and those we have only recently met. I have said it many times, and I say it again, we could not have accomplished so much without your belief in what we do, and helping to make it possible. Thank you again and again!
Some blog facts:
- This site has been visited 30,409 times.
- We have 1,175 followers.
- Number of blog posts: 200
Number of items we have given to those in need:
We never counted all the hats, scarves, afghans, or lapghans. We have given away HUNDREDS of items to help others stay warm.
Toughest challenges along the way:
In the beginning, there were challenges. For personal reasons, GSOL made the decision to relocate in 2013. We have grown considerably since that time. We now have 6 co-leaders that pull together to help each other. We also have many volunteers, both near and far way, that work together very well. Together, we have accomplished a great deal. Relocating was a win/win solution for all concerned. Onward and upward!
The second toughest challenge has to be the winters that we have tried to afford temporary emergency shelter for some of the homeless in Ahoskie, N.C. Sometimes, when you look back, there is no denying that God made the way possible. Last year, the cost to house two homeless men for a total of 28 days was $2,940.00 !!! Please understand that we do not have funds to afford such an expensive undertaking. Local churches picked up many of the nights and GSOL only paid for 1/3 of their stay. Various friends and volunteers helped pay for the rooms when it was GSOL’s turn to make the temp shelter available. I even got an unexpected bonus at work that came just in time to help out. I have learned not to worry about “the how” aspect of doing what we do. God is good.
Highlights along the way:
- The joy of giving! Pulling together, working hard, meeting goals, and then giving it all away to make a small difference in someone’s day. There is such joy in it! It makes it all worth while.
- Meeting kindred spirits and making new friends also tops the list.
- Growing from a single chapter to 4 chapters.
- The unity we now experience among our leaders and volunteers.
- Valentine yarn bombing! It is sooooo much fun! Last year was our trial run with this. It was a success and we had a blast tying all the hats and scarves on street poles to be taken by anyone who needed them. It was a Valentine gesture of kindness. Yes, we are going to do it again this year! :)
- Christmas luncheon for those in need. We have provided hat and scarf gift sets for this event for the past several years. We love being a small part of this.
- Did I mention the joy of giving?! :) There’s just too many highlights to count.
How long will GSOL continue?:
We will continue as long as there are needs, volunteers to help us, and yarn to carry out the task. :)
Thank you for FIVE wonderful years!!! God bless you for walking with us and helping make it possible.
The beat goes on! GSOL in Ahoskie had their meeting last night. A great time was had by all! Lots of fun, fellowship, cookies, coffee, learning a new stitch, working on current projects, and planning February’s Yarn Bombing! A few pics of the meeting last night. Enjoy!
Sandy shows off the afghans she created from different sized squares. Gorgeous!
Many hands make light work.
Meeting Coordinator, Cassie, from Jackson GSOL visits to help.
GSOL leader from Aulander also visitis to lend a hand.
Wanda, Tammy, and Jen. A power house of blessing!
Purple afghan was created from granny squares made by long distance volunteers and whipstitched together by local volunteers. GREAT TEAMWORK!
Lapghan created with granny squares crocheted by long distance volunteers and whipstitched by Meeting coordinator, Tammy Mullins.
Soft and warm! Created by Kathy!
God bless all of you! Be happy, healthy and blessed!