Crochet Gifts in March

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

The very pretty baby blankets, beanies and yarn were all donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY!  Nora has been a long time volunteer for GSOL. We certainly appreciate you, Nora! Thank you so much!

The very pretty baby blankets, beanies and yarn were all donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY! Nora has been a long time volunteer for GSOL. We certainly appreciate you, Nora! Thank you so much!

“The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.”  _ Gordon B. Hinckley 

"Giving Angels" has graciously adopted GSOL by gifting us with their donations of granny squares. "Giving Angels" is a small group of 7 women who pack quite a punch with all the squares they crochet and donate. Thank you so much, Giving Angels, and Thank you, Kathy C. of Wilmington, MA!!!

“Giving Angels” has graciously adopted GSOL by gifting us with their donations of granny squares. “Giving Angels” is a small group of 7 women who pack quite a punch with all the squares they crochet and donate. Thank you so much, Giving Angels, and Thank you, Kathy C. of Wilmington, MA!!!

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”_Steve Maraboli

Betty Stanley crocheted and donated all of the granny squares put together in these two afghans, along with instructions  of what order to stitch them in. We did as she instructed and they turned out lovely! Wouldn't you agree? Thanks again, Betty!

Betty Stanley crocheted and donated all of the granny squares put together in these two afghans, along with instructions of what order to stitch them in. We did as she instructed and they turned out lovely! Wouldn’t you agree? Thanks again, Betty!

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

More "corner to corner" baby blankets for first time mothers in need.

More “corner to corner” baby blankets for first time mothers in need.

Before I close, I want to thank Lasker Baptist Church of Lasker, N.C. for their donation of pop top canned food to distribute to those in need. We appreciate your thoughtfulness. Winter is over but the poor are still hungry. Thank you again for being mindful of them.  God bless you!

Until next time….

Be happy, healthy and blessed!

More March Crochet News

“Life has taught me that respect, love, and caring must be shared, for its only through sharing that friendships are born.”_ Donna A. Favors Happy Birthday to our Aulander, N.C. GSOL Chapter! Glema Demario, the meeting coordinator for this group, held her first meeting last night. What a great turn out she had. Already she has a great group started! I enjoyed witnessing the camaraderie within the group, and the willingness to make a difference in the lives of those around them. Some of the ladies are experienced in crochet and others were there to learn. We even had a Jr. GSOL volunteer present. We are always happy to see young people step in to help us. We took a few pictures to show you the successful night we had.

I teased the ladies about their "bear hug" teaching technique. First time I have ever witnessed it and I smile when I look at these photos.

I teased the ladies about their “bear hug” teaching technique. ((Agnes Bracey helps Barbara Pittman learn how to chain stitch.) First time I have ever witnessed it and I smile when I look at these photos.

Our Jr. volunteer gets a bear hug too while learning a stitch. :) You will not leave feeling unloved in this Chapter. :) :)

Our Jr. volunteer, Victoria, gets a bear hug too, from Glema,  while learning a stitch. :) You will not leave feeling unloved in this Chapter. :) :)

“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.”_ Audrey Hepburn
Glema had everything set up so nice and had a vast rainbow of yarn colors  for volunteer to choose from.

Glema had everything set up so nice and had a vast rainbow of yarn colors for volunteer to choose from.

“Caring – about people, about things, about life – is an act of maturity.”_ Tracey Mcmillan
The "About Us" GSOL book on display for new volunteers.

The “About Us” GSOL book on display for new volunteers.

“Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.” _ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Lo, and behold, right in the middle of the meeting. A HUGE bag of yarn was donated to the Aulander Chapter!

Lo, and behold, right in the middle of the meeting. Shirley Garris (far left) donated A HUGE bag of yarn  to the Aulander Chapter! (Standing in the middle -Glema Demario, and to the far right- Nancy Parker. Seated- Victoria Parker.

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”_ Margaret Mead
GSOL of Aulander had a full house. Looking forward to seeing all of their good works in the future.

GSOL of Aulander had a full house. Looking forward to seeing all of their good works in the future. (Left to right around the table: Barbara Pittman, Nancy Parker, Glema Demario, Victoria Parker, and Jeanette Tinkham.

“We had people of all backgrounds coming together – all races, all creeds, all colors, all status in life. And coming together there was a kind of quiet dignity and a kind of sense of caring and a feeling of joint responsibility.”_ Dorothy Height
Glema Demario is a good teacher.  Her Jr. Volunteer was making a granny square before she left that night!

Glema Demario is a good teacher. Her Jr. Volunteer, Victoria, was making a granny square before she left that night.

Last, but certainly not least, I found these blessings in our mail box today:

Long time volunteer, Joan S. of Staten Island, NY sent us these beautiful squares. Joan, we appreciate your dedication and support. Thank you so very much!!!

Long time volunteer, Joan S. of Staten Island, NY sent us these beautiful squares. Joan, we appreciate your dedication and support. Thank you so very much!!!

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” _Buddha

We welcome Alabama as one of our benevolent States. Thanks to Sandra Allen!

We welcome Alabama as one of our benevolent States. Thanks to Sandra Allen!

All the gorgeous granny squares were crocheted and donated by "Giving Angels" Sandra Allen of Alabama! Thank you so much for reaching out to help us. We appreciate you!

All the gorgeous granny squares were crocheted and donated by “Giving Angels” Sandra Allen of Alabama! Thank you so much for reaching out to help us. We appreciate you!

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.” _George Bernard Shaw

The heavens opened and a yarn blessing fell out! Thanks so much to Nicky B. of Brooklyn, NY!!! God bless you for sharing your stash. We will put it to good use.

The heavens opened and a yarn blessing fell out! Thanks so much to Nicky B. of Brooklyn, NY!!! God bless you for sharing your stash. We will put it to good use!

We appreciate each and every one of you. We couldn’t do so much without your kindness and your help.   Be happy, healthy, and blessed!

Green and G-R-O-W-I-N-G in March!

“I am a strong individualist by personal habit, inheritance, and conviction; but it is a mere matter of common sense to recognize that the State, the community, the citizens acting together, can do a number of things better than if they were left to individual action.” _Theodore Roosevelt

I am so very excited at all GSOL is accomplishing and the rate at which it is growing. Tomorrow night, our Aulander, N.C. chapter has it’s first meeting!  Glema Demario is our meeting coordinator for that group. The first meeting hasn’t even happened yet and it appears that Glema will have a strong chapter of volunteers working together to accomplish great things for the community.  We gave the new chapter large gift bags filled with donated yarn to help get them started. Can hardly wait to see their creations. :)

Woodland Restaurant and Lounge, Woodland, N.C.

Woodland Restaurant and Lounge, Woodland, N.C.

Ken Guynn, of the Woodland Restaurant & Lounge, sponsored a charity night for Granny Squares of Love. We are deeply grateful for his generous donation and for doing his part to make a difference in the community. Thank you for believing in us, Ken, and helping us to help others. May God richly reward your kindness. Pictured left to right, Jen Meyers, Kendra McGill, Jenn Richmond, Ken Guynn, bartender(sorry, I didn’t get his name.) Cassie New Daughtry, and Merindy Piland. Glema Demario got away before we took this photo. Michelle Jordan, a devoted supporter of GSOL was also there but left before we took this photo. It was good seeing everyone. Thanks again, Ken, for the support!

“The Destiny of Man is to unite, not to divide. If you keep on dividing you end up as a collection of monkeys throwing nuts at each other out of separate trees.”_ T.H. White  

Last night, as a small group of us meet at the charity fund raiser, I couldn’t help but notice the unity, the happiness, and the friendship that is a common thread throughout the GSOL chapters. My meeting coordinators/leaders like each other. Our volunteers like each other. There seems no childish competiveness,no petty envy, no murmuring, or complaining, and no back stabbing  They are with us for the right reasons. They care and they care about others a lot. It’s so very easy to see, and it’s a beautiful thing to witness. We are growing as a group because of their good nature and their dedication. I could not do this without them. They are a blessing.

Check out the Ahoskie Chapter’s March Meeting:

We had a pleasant meeting and were surprised with 3 more new volunteers!

We had a pleasant meeting and were surprised with 3 more new volunteers!

Meeting coordinator, Jen Meyers, helps new volunteer, Mrs  Lou Bridges, learn how to crochet a granny square.

Meeting coordinator, Jen Meyers, helps new volunteer, Mrs Lou Bridges, learn how to crochet a granny square.

We always love a full house:)  Welcome to GSOL, Phyllis Hoggard, Rhonda Jones, and Lou Bridges. Happy to see Wanda Bowser and Sandy White are sticking by us as well. Good job, Ladies!

We always love a full house:) Welcome to GSOL, Phyllis Hoggard, Rhonda Jones, and Lou Bridges. Happy to see Wanda Bowser and Sandy White are sticking by us as well. Good job, Ladies!

Sandy White has been very busy! Just look at this beautiful blanket she whipstitched together with your donated granny squares. Gorgeous!

Sandy White has been very busy! Just look at this beautiful blanket she made by herself. Gorgeous!

Sandy White crocheted all of the granny squares in this blanket herself and put them together. Awesome work, Sandy! I love this!

Sandy White crocheted all of the granny squares in this blanket herself and put them together. Awesome work, Sandy! I love this!

“We are each other’s harvest; we are each other’s business; we are each other’s magnitude and bond.” _Gwendolyn Brooks

Wanda Bowser( who likes to call  herself "the moth" because she goes through yarn so fast)  made this beautiful baby blanket. She also crocheted 4 hats and 2 scarves to donate. You rock, Wanda!!!

Wanda Bowser( who likes to call herself “the moth” because she goes through yarn so fast) made this beautiful baby blanket. She also crocheted 4 hats and 2 scarves to donate. You rock, Wanda!!!

More beautiful work from the talented hands of Wanda Bowser.  What a blessing

More beautiful work from the talented hands of Wanda Bowser. What a blessing

Jenn Richmond, co-leader for Ahoskie, also crocheted and donated 30 granny  squares! Jen Myers, meeting coordinator for Ahoskie, crocheted and donated 12 granny squares. Michelle Harrell is creating a beautiful blanket that she is putting together with her own squares.   The whole chapter is doing a super job. Well done, Ladies!!! Oh, and I hear the camaraderie was fabulous! Just what I like to hear. :)

“Each person you meet is an aspect of yourself, clamoring for love.” _unknown

Jackson's GSOL chapter delivered a dozen baby blankets, beanies, and booties to the Nurse and Family Partnership!

Jackson’s GSOL chapter delivered a dozen baby blankets, beanies, and booties to the Nurse and Family Partnership!

Look at the scarf and all the warm hats crocheted and donated by Kendra Evans, of Jackson GSOL. It takes us all year to get ready for the winter months. The hats and scarf will come in handy. Thank you, Kendra!

Look at the scarf and all the warm hats crocheted and donated by Kendra Evans, of Jackson GSOL. It takes us all year to get ready for the winter months. The hats and scarf will come in handy. Thank you, Kendra!

Forgive me if I missed anything, or failed to mention someone, it’s never intentional. Just the sometimes over worked and tired memory of this old woman.

Thank you for all that you do. God love you and God bless you!

Yarn Fairies Unite!

“The greatest work you will ever do is charity; the most divine work you will ever do will be changing people’s perception of God, while you’re doing charity.”   _Shannon L. Alder

Recently, our Roanoke Rapids Chapter, “Yarn Fairies”, had their monthly meeting. As a chapter they have really taken off and we are so very proud of what they are accomplishing. It’s easy to see from the photos that our ladies enjoy meeting with each other and working toward a common goal.

Very special ladies at play with their work. :)

Very special ladies at play with their work. :) Only nice ladies are allowed to join us. All others must crochet at home. :)

  “Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.”_ Unknown

Carol Guidry, volunteer for our Roanoke Rapids Chapter, crocheted this beautiful baby blanket.

Carol Guidry, volunteer for our Roanoke Rapids Chapter, crocheted this beautiful baby blanket.

Crocheted and donated by GSOL Yarn Fairy: Leslie Harder. Well done, Leslie!

Crocheted and donated by GSOL Yarn Fairy: Leslie Harder. Well done, Leslie!

Crocheted and donated by GSOL Yarn Fairy: Leslie Harder. Awesome!!!

Crocheted and donated by GSOL Yarn Fairy: Leslie Harder. Awesome!!!

Crocheted and donated by GSOL Yarn Fairy: Leslie Harder.  Wow!!!

Crocheted and donated by GSOL Yarn Fairy: Leslie Harder. Wow!!!

Crocheted and donated by GSOL Yarn Fairy: Leslie Harder.  Thank you so much for all of your hard work!

Crocheted and donated by GSOL Yarn Fairy: Cindy Lee.  Beautiful!

Yarn donated by Lee Cranford. Thank you, Lee!

Yarn donated by Lee Cranford. Thank you, Lee!

Ladies, you are amazing!. Thank you for all that you do!

March Crochet Madness

“If you can’t be a pencil to write anyone’s happiness, then try to be a nice eraser to remove someone’s sadness.” _Unknown

This part of North Carolina had the coldest February on record! Can you tell why we are so happy that Spring is on the way?!

This part of North Carolina had the coldest February on record! Can you tell why we are so happy that Spring is on the way?!

Good Bye, February! We have had a real tough go of it with temperatures dropping below freezing numerous times. Between the months of January and February, with the help of many churches, GSOL volunteers, and other concerned local citizens, the homeless were provided 28 days of emergency temporary shelter in Ahoskie, N.C.  We honestly could not have done this without the help of so many. The expense was way over our heads!  We appreciate everyone who helped and we sincerely thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Welcome, March!  We seem to have started out on the good foot! Our first meeting for March took place today, and even though we had a number out due to illness, or doctor appointments, we still had enough present to hold a meeting.

Meet (R to L) Johanna, Shirley, and Sharon.

Meet (R to L) Johanna, Shirley, and Sharon.

 

Shirley made this scarf. Isn't it pretty!

Shirley made this scarf. Isn’t it pretty!

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“And realize that life is the best thing ever, and that you have no business taking it for granted. Care so deeply about its goodness that you want to spread it around. Take money…and give it to charity. Work in a soup kitchen. Be a Big Brother or Sister…You want to do well, but if you do not do good too, then doing well will never be enough.” _Arthur James Balfour
 

All of the beautiful granny squares and yarn were donated by P.L Russell of Orlando, Florida. Thank you so very much! We appreciate you more than we can say!

All of the beautiful granny squares and yarn were donated by P.L Russell of Orlando, Florida. Thank you so very much! We appreciate you more than we can say!

Baby blankets, beanies, and booties donated by Betty S. of Concord, NC. You made my day! So pretty! Thank you!

Baby blankets, beanies, and booties donated by Betty S. of Concord, NC.
You made my day! So pretty! Thank you!

This lovely ensemble was crocheted and donated by Betty S. of Concord, NC

This lovely ensemble was crocheted and donated by Betty S. of Concord, NC

Created and donated by Betty S. of Concord, N.C.  I love it! Thank you, Betty!

Created and donated by Betty S. of Concord, N.C. I love it! Thank you, Betty!

“The happiest people I know are people who don’t even think about being happy. They just think about being good neighbors, good people. And then happiness sort of sneaks in the back window while they are busy doing good.” _Rabbi Harold Kushner

This gorgeous beauty was crochetd and donated by Betty S. of Concord, NC. Thank you so very much!

This gorgeous beauty was crochetd and donated by Betty S. of Concord, NC. Thank you so very much!

Check out all of the fabulous hats and scarfs crocheted and donated by Betty S. of Concord, NC!!!! I am simply blown away at your generosity! They are so pretty and they will be put to good use. It takes us a long time to make hats and scarves for some of the projects we are involved in. This helps so much! Thank you!

Check out all of the fabulous hats and scarfs crocheted and donated by Betty S. of Concord, NC!!!! I am simply blown away at your generosity! They are so pretty and they will be put to good use. It takes us a long time to make hats and scarves for some of the projects we are involved in. This helps so much! Thank you!

“It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” _ Tom Brokaw

Each color coordinated stack contains five squares. All were crocheted and donated by Betty S. of Concord, N.C. This will make two beautiful afghans. I will make sure they are put together just they way you instructed. Thank you for your donations, Betty! We appreciate you!

Each color coordinated stack contains five squares. All were crocheted and donated by Betty S. of Concord, N.C. This will make two beautiful afghans. I will make sure they are put together just they way you instructed. Thank you for your donations, Betty! We appreciate you!

“Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.” _ Buddha

The 45 beautiful granny squares pictured here were crocheted and donated by Tori Ann S. of Oil City, PA  and Kathy C. of Wilmington, MA. Both ladies are with the group "GIVING ANGELS" who chose GSOL as their first project. THANK YOU for joining hands with us to make a difference to those in need. Thank you also for you donation, which will be used to purchase more yarn. God love you and God bless you!!!

The 45 beautiful granny squares pictured here were crocheted and donated by Tori Ann S. of Oil City, PA and Kathy C. of Wilmington, MA. Both ladies are with the group “GIVING ANGELS” who chose GSOL as their first project. THANK YOU for joining hands with us to make a difference to those in need. Thank you also for your donation, which will be used to purchase more yarn. God love you and God bless you!!!

   Power is the ability to do good things for others. _Brooke Aster

So many beautiful squares and hats crocheted and donated by Joann K. of Jackson, NJ!!! Thank you so very much! They arrived right on time. What a blessing you are!

So many beautiful squares and hats crocheted and donated by Joann K. of Jackson, NJ!!! Thank you so very much! They arrived right on time. What a blessing you are!

 I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people. _Maya Angelou

As you can see, we are surrounded by so many heroes. Until next time….

Be happy, healthy, and blessed!

MEET OUR NEWEST GSOL CHAPTER…

“In Love’s service, only wounded soldiers can serve.” _Brennan Manning

Glema Demario is GSOL's Meeting Coordinator for Aulander, NC!!!!

Glema Demario is GSOL’s Meeting Coordinator for Aulander, NC!!!!

We are proud and extremely pleased to announce that Glema Demario has come forward to head up our newest GSOL Chapter located in Aulander, N.C.  Glema brings with her a heart of gold, her love of people, her willingness to help those who are hurting, and years of crochet experience. Welcome, Glema!  We are sooooo excited and know that you will be an asset in the community that you serve.

GSOL’s Aulander Chapter will meet on the second Thursday of each month, at the Senior Center, on 204 Rice Ave., in Aulander, North Carolina, at 6 pm.

Looking forward to working with you. Thank you for your willingness to make a difference in the lives of others !

Experiencing the “Brrrr” in February!

Peeking out my front door, this is what I see…..

Winter Storm 2015 - A little snow covered in ice.

Winter Storm 2015 – A little snow covered in ice.

We are experiencing another Artic Blast here in Northeastern North Carolina. Our concern for the homeless during this time is great. As there’s no shelter in Ahoskie, N.C. to offer refuge.   Last  night, we had a dusting of snow, but worse than that, it was followed by sleet and freezing rain. So, while that little bit of snow looks rather harmless, it’s the ice covering it that poses a real danger. Too, the temperatures are extreme and will remain so throughout the week. The predicted lows for the week are as follows:

TUESDAY: 20 degrees (Shelter provided)

WEDNESDAY: 5 degrees (Shelter provided)

THURSDAY: 0 degrees (Shelter provided)

FRIDAY: 18 degrees (Shelter provided)

SATURDAY: 34 degrees -Finally, a few degrees above freezing! (Shelter provided)

SUNDAY: 33 degrees

MONDAY: 0 degrees

GSOL has provided emergency temporary shelter for the above 5 days.  The homeless men that we are trying to help may be alright (though quite uncomfortable) on Sunday, but we obviously have to start making preparations for Monday somehow.  I want to thank again all those who have helped GSOL with temp. emergency shelter and food to those who are homeless, and the following who have recently donated in some way. Either by offering a donation for shelter, and food, or coats, clothes, socks, back packs, & blankets:

BRENDA MOORE HODGSON- Midlothian, Va.

CHRISTOPHER DAVIS- Lasker, N.C.

SHELIA BEACHAM- Smithfield, Va. (Thank you for all the Christmas gift bags that you scooped up on sale! Next Christmas, we won’t have to spend 80 dollars on gift bags that we could put toward shelter. We appreciate your thoughtfulness!)

“We realize that what we are accomplishing is a drop in the ocean.
But if this drop were not in the ocean, it would be missed.”
– Mother Theresa

We also want to thank the following for the following donations of granny squares that we have recently received:

 

Thank you, Jan O. of Effingham. Ks for the very pretty granny squares!

Thank you, Jan O. of Effingham. Ks for the very pretty granny squares!

 

“Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.”- Anne Herbert

 

 

We are grateful for the pretty granny squares donated by an anonymous crochet angel, who would not let us know even where she is from. Thank you so much!

We are grateful for the pretty granny squares donated by an anonymous crochet angel, who would not let us know even where she is from. Thank you so much!

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic.
It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost,
but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”
– Arthur Ashe

Thank you, M. Schulze of Algonquin, IL!!!  We will put your beautiful granny squares to good use. In fact, we have already started whip stitching them together. Thank you for your continued love and support!

Thank you, M. Schulze of Algonquin, IL!!! We will put your beautiful granny squares to good use. In fact, we have already started whip stitching them together. Thank you for your continued love and support!

 

I think that is all of our news for now. Until next time….

Be happy, healthy, and blessed!