Our Angel Helpers….

“I choose to be caring, compassionate and kind toward all people,
and I also choose to be indifferent to gossip,
petty complaints, and idle chatter.
About those, I just don’t care.”

– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I always enjoy sharing with you all the thoughtfulness that comes our way in our mailbox. The gifts from our long distance volunteers. Our “Angel Helpers.”

Many thanks to Nancy M. of Southern Shores, NC, for all of the pretty squares, yarn, hooks, needles, and books! The photo doesn't do the squares justice. They are very lovely! Thank you, Nancy!

Many thanks to Nancy M. of Southern Shores, NC, for all of the pretty squares, yarn, hooks, needles, and books! The photo doesn’t do the squares justice. They are very lovely! Thank you, Nancy!

The simple act of caring is heroic.
– Edward Albert

Check out the pretty granny squares sent to us by Amy B. of Shipman, Va.!  Thank you again, Amy!

Check out the pretty granny squares sent to us by Amy B. of Shipman, Va.! Thank you again, Amy!

“Eventually you can get into the nuts and bolts of reality:
nurturing,
caring, and getting along.”
– Jody Watley

Pray for us as we continue to help others, that we will know where to go, what to do, and who to help next, every step of the way.

Until next time,

Be happy, healthy, and blessed!

More Gifts in July!

“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.”~ Diane Mariechild ~

I am beginning to think that P.L. Russell of Orlando, Florida crochets even in her sleep! Already, she has sent us more beautiful granny squares and other gifts! WOW!!!  She really has gone above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you so much for your support and dedication.

Just look at all the gorgeous granny squares, the yarn, and crochet hooks that were donated by our long distance volunteer, P. L. Russell of Orlando,Florida!  Thank you is not enough, but we do thank you. I hope you realize how much you are appreciated and how much you help.

Just look at all the gorgeous granny squares, the yarn, and crochet hooks that were donated by our long distance volunteer, P. L. Russell of Orlando,Florida! Thank you is not enough, but we do thank you. I hope you realize how much you are appreciated and how much you help.

Our "Giving Angels" flew in! Thank you so much, Sandra A. of Lineville, AL!  Your pretty granny squares arrived at a very good time.

Our “Giving Angels” flew in! Thank you so much, Sandra A. of Lineville, AL! Your pretty granny squares arrived at a very good time.

My granddaughter pitches in to help. :)

She likes to help and I think we both enjoy the chats during times like this.

She likes to help and I think we both enjoy the chats during times like this.

Thank again, Everyone!

Until next time….

Be happy, healthy, and blessed!

GSOL in JULY (Chapter Four)

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”_ Scott Adams

The different chapters of GSOL have worked diligently together this month to help each other reach individual chapter goals. Hats and scarves are being created amongst the different groups to help GSOL in Aulander, NC to reach their winter goals to provide hat and scarf sets to those in need, and to make sure there are ample gift sets to hand out on Christmas day at a local church luncheon that provides a meal to families that would not otherwise enjoy anything special on that day. All of the Chapters are working together to make sure that GSOL in Roanoke Rapids, NC has ample twin sized afghans to cover the beds in a new woman’s shelter that is opening in September in Roanoke Rapids, NC. We work together to help GSOL in Ahoskie, NC  provide full sized afghans to local fire departments to offer comfort to those who lose everything in a fire.  Everyone pitches in to make baby blankets and beanies for first time mothers in need as well. Not only that, we are blessed with granny squares from all across the nation, from compassionate and talented women, who share their time, talent, and granny squares with us. It is beautiful to witness women coming together this way to help others in need. You are more powerful than you realize. Thank you for joining hands with us.

GSOL in Ahoskie, NC met on July 13, 2015 to work on various projects and to teach others how to crochet. I hope you will enjoy the photos they have shared with us from that meeting.

Wanda Bowser displays a beautiful afghan that she created. Wanda goes through so much yarn in a month, she is called

Wanda Bowser displays a beautiful afghan that she created. Wanda goes through so much yarn in a month, she is called “The Moth!” :)

Absolutely beautiful, Wanda!!!

Absolutely beautiful, Wanda!!! She even crocheted “GSOL” in the middle. I LOVE IT!!!

Wanda has so much talent. Such a nice hat and scarf set!

Wanda has so much talent. Such a nice hat and scarf set!

Another hat and scarf created by Wanda Bowser.

Another hat and scarf created by Wanda Bowser.

Ear warmer created by Wanda Bowser. Nice work!

Ear warmer created by Wanda Bowser. Nice work!

Tammy Mullins, is our new Co-leader for Ahoskie GSOL. Rather new at crocheting herself, but meets the challenge to help a visitor learn the basics. The beauty of our group is that we all pitch in to help where we can. Each one teach one is our motto.

Tammy Mullins, is our new Co-leader for Ahoskie GSOL. Rather new at crocheting herself, but meets the challenge to help a visitor learn the basics. The beauty of our group is that we all pitch in to help where we can. Each one teach one is our motto.

A whole basket full of goodies that were crocheted and brought to the meeting to disperse to the chapters that need it. Lots of hats and scarves. Thank you..thank you...thank you!

A whole basket full of goodies that were crocheted and brought to the meeting to disperse to the chapters that need it. Lots of hats and scarves. Thank you..thank you…thank you!

“So long as we love we serve;/ So long as we are loved by others,/ I would almost say that we are indispensable;/ And no one is useless while they have a friend.” _ Robert Louis Stevenson

A close up of some of the hats. We are proud of the work we do and it shows.

A close up of some of the hats. We are proud of the work we do and it shows.

We are delighted that Wanda Bowser's sister joined us! If she loves to crochet as much as Wanda does, those two might catch the County on fire with all the sparks flying from their crochet hooks. *laughs* (Somebody plz share her name with me?)

We are delighted that Wanda Bowser’s sister, Majorie, joined us! If she loves to crochet as much as Wanda does, those two might catch the County on fire with all the sparks flying from their crochet hooks. *laughs* (Somebody plz share her name with me?)

A very pretty afghan that GSOL in Ahoskie created from long distance volunteer's granny squares, and are passing on to GSOL in Roanoke Rapids to help them cover the beds at the new women's shelter that is opening soon. Beautiful work!!! Beautiful team work as well!

A very pretty afghan that GSOL in Ahoskie created from long distance volunteer’s granny squares, and are passing on to GSOL in Roanoke Rapids to help them cover the beds at the new women’s shelter that is opening soon. Beautiful work!!! Beautiful team work as well!

“Stop the habit of wishful thinking and start the habit of thoughtful work.” Mary Martin

Certificates of Excellence awarded.  Other certificates are soon on the way. We appreciate your dedication.

Certificates of Excellence awarded. Other certificates are soon on the way. We appreciate your dedication.

Keep sharing the love, Everyone! It will not return to you void.

Until next time,

Be happy, healthy, and blessed!

Still Wrapping Others in Love

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”   _ Elisabeth Kubler -Ross

Tonight, Glema Demario, of our GSOL Chapter in Aulander, NC, presented adult sized afghans that were made with granny squares from across the nation, and from those made by our local Chapters, to the fire department in Aulander, NC.  When someone loses everything in a fire, a blanket is of great comfort. This is what we are all about. We comfort, encourage, and keep others warm. Thank you to all who had a hand in making this donation to the fire department possible.

Glema Demario presents adult sized afghans  David Klingler, the Fire Chief of Aulander, NC.

Glema Demario presents adult sized afghans to David Klingler, the Fire Chief of Aulander, NC.

GSOL in JULY (Chapters Two and Three)

“Empathy is the starting point for creating a community and taking action. It’s the impetus for creating change.” _ Marx Carver
Roanoke Rapids had quite a turn out this month. We are so very proud of the growth this chapter has made under the direction of Sherry Casey. A one woman POWER HOUSE with a heart as deep and wide as an ocean!  Please read below her notes on her meeting and the pictures that follow:

“Tuesday was our monthly meeting for the Granny Squares of Love : RR Chapter and it went off like the 4th of July ought too! We had 19 people in attendance a full house and we had loads of info for everyone! I am very proud of my group and it seems to want to grow into more in the months to come!

BIG CHANGES

Roanoke Rapids Public Library has agreed to host us with the conference room for another year and also more time starting in September. I will be running two classes on the same day First Tuesday of the month. One from 11 am -1 pm and other at our usual time from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm hoping for those who are interested can come join us at one or the other time frames!

We are presently working on granny squares to make blankets for the hopefully opening soon as September “Room at the Inn” newly organized women’s shelter in Roanoke Rapids, our blankets will be donated to cover the beds to be warmth for the winter months! I feel like I’m drowning in squares but it’s all for a great causes for our community. Each Chapter has offered to help make blankets and we couldn’t be more blessed with six beds to cover just to start! We always are ready to return the favor in their communities when needed.

I have boxes of blankets and hats getting ready to head out this week for Nurses-Family Partnership in Halifax and another box full of lapghans heading to make our next delivery to Carolina Rest home!

Our volunteers will be picking themselves our next years nursing home to support starting in September and then we are on to working our years last project for foster kids for Xmas! We are on a roll and it feels good even though I was not feeling my best at the last meeting and I think my ladies knew it! But I’m good today and I feel blessed and very thankful for another good day.

I was so busy I forget to get a pic of our full house but I did get some pics from that meeting, hope you enjoy! Descriptions on the pics……may you all be blessed and happy!

Sherry”

Wanda Wilson brought in all these goodies for our support box for different projects we are working on!

Wanda Wilson brought in all these goodies for our support box for different projects we are working on!

Virginia Garner has been working them hands like lighting again.....made all these square to donate and I believe the baby blue and white ones too.....

Virginia Garner has been working them hands like lighting again…..made all these square to donate and I believe the baby blue and white ones too…..

Leslie Harder said she was a busy bee on vacation....while riding to California she took her yarn and hook and worked magic......I never expected a table full!

Leslie Harder said she was a busy bee on vacation….while riding to California she took her yarn and hook and worked magic……I never expected a table full!

Lee Cranford whip stitched these squares and trimmed this blanket out......her work is beautiful.

Lee Cranford whip stitched these squares and trimmed this blanket out……her work is beautiful.

Charla Lyons made these this month trying her hand at making hats and scarves and they are cute as can be.

Charla Lyons made these this month trying her hand at making hats and scarves and they are cute as can be.

Carol Guidry brought us these to add to our pail to get these bed blanket made......these are deep purple but look blue to me on here!

Carol Guidry brought us these to add to our pail to get these bed blanket made……these are deep purple but look blue to me on here!

Not 100% sure who made these but Lee is gonna be working them into a blanket ......I'm thinking it was Virginia Garner!

Not 100% sure who made these but Lee is gonna be working them into a blanket ……I’m thinking it was Virginia Garner!

Virginia and Vee ( our newest member ) were going over a refresher on Granny Squares and talking up a storm and Vee had me laughing me trying to tell her a great trick holding that yarn!

Virginia and Vee ( our newest member ) were going over a refresher on Granny Squares and talking up a storm and Vee had me laughing me trying to tell her a great trick holding that yarn!

I tell you laughter and conversations were be had at this end of the table and even a new little man ( sorry forgot his name ) was with his grandmother visiting from out of state joined in and was hooking up a storm! I think Carol really enjoyed his company beside her!

I tell you laughter and conversations were be had at this end of the table and even a new little man ( sorry forgot his name ) was with his grandmother visiting from out of state joined in and was hooking up a storm! I think Carol really enjoyed his company beside her!

“Empathy is the most mysterious transaction that the human soul can have, and it is accessible to all of us, but we have to give ourselves the opportunity to identify, to plunge ourselves in a story where we see the world from the bottom up or through another’s eyes or heart.” _ Sue Monk Kidd
Virginia Garner also made this beautiful set for our first time mothers in need! Thank you for all you do to support our community!

Virginia Garner also made this beautiful set for our first time mothers in need! Thank you for all you do to support our community!

Bev did this pretty blanket from start to finish and brought me enough yarn to make a hat to match it too!

Bev did this pretty blanket from start to finish and brought me enough yarn to make a hat to match it too!

Our founder of Granny Squares of Love, Rita New, was able to make our meeting this month bringing boxes of goodies to share and meet our volunteers. she was alittle late, or I know I would have had a lot of pics of my full house!

Our founder of Granny Squares of Love, Rita New, was able to make our meeting this month bringing boxes of goodies to share and meet our volunteers. she was alittle late, or I know I would have had a lot of pics of my full house!

“Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it make the world a better place.”_ Daniel H. Pink

Helen Suggs was working them little fingers up a storm bless her heart, she is the sweetest person ever! I been knowing Helen a long time.....Love her!  I find it so beautiful that we have both the very young and very experienced among us!

Helen Suggs was working them little fingers up a storm bless her heart, she is the sweetest person ever! I been knowing Helen a long time…..Love her! I find it so beautiful that we have both the very young and very experienced among us!

GSOL OF AULANDER, July 7th, 2015

We had some volunteers absent this month, but that didn’t slow our roll.  We appreciate every volunteer and enjoy our time together. I appreciate the team work among the sister chapters. Pictured below is Meeting Coordinator, Glema Demario, and Nancy Parker of Aulander,NC GSOL. Victoria Parker was also present and helping us whipstitch, but was taking a short break when this photo was snapped. :)

GSOL of Aulander has their hands to the plow whipstitching together squares to make a bed covering to donate to GSOL in Roanoke Rapids. We work together when a dead line is in place or a project needs additional help.

GSOL of Aulander has their hands to the plow whipstitching together squares to make a bed covering to donate to GSOL in Roanoke Rapids, who has pledged to cover the beds at the new women’s shelter that is opening.  We work together when a dead line is in place or a project needs additional help.

Until next time….

Be happy, healthy, and blessed!

 

GSOL in July (Chapter One)

“When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.” ~Abraham Joshua Heschel

I had a very busy day yesterday! GSOL of Jackson, NC met for it’s monthly meeting. We had two new ladies join us to learn to crochet. We had 7 ladies and 2 children in attendance. A nice sized gathering. It’s always nice to meet with everyone. I have extended an invitation to Jackson volunteers to meet at my home on Wednesday afternoons for additional support if they should want it.

Full House

Full House

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Class is in session!  Tammy is on one side and Sonia is on the other. Both ladies are well on their way!

Class is in session! Tammy is on one side and Sonia is on the other. Both ladies are well on their way!

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” ~George Washington Carver

SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS! We have drop off points for donations at the libraries in Jackson, NC, Ahoskie, NC, and Roanoke Rapids, NC. Look what was left for us at the library in Jackson!!!  Yarn, yarn, and more yarn. :)  THANK YOU!!! We distributed some of this already and are already putting it to use. :)

SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS! We have drop off points for donations at the libraries in Jackson, NC, Ahoskie, NC, and Roanoke Rapids, NC. Look what was left for us at the library in Jackson!!! Yarn, yarn, and more yarn. :) THANK YOU!!! We distributed some of this already and are already putting it to use. :)

 “If we should deal out justice only, in this world, who would escape? No, it is better to be generous, and in the end more profitable, for it gains gratitude for us, and love.” ~Mark Twain

Nice work, Peggy!

Nice work, Peggy!

Love the color combination, Shirley!

Love the color combination, Shirley!

Peggy displays another baby blanket she put together from donated squares. Thanks again, Peggy!

Peggy displays another baby blanket she put together from donated squares. Thanks again, Peggy!

Beautiful!!!

Beautiful!!!

Good job! Pretty in pink!

Good job! Pretty in pink!

“Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.” ~Author Unknown

Johanna crocheted this pretty baby blanket!

Johanna crocheted this pretty baby blanket!

This is soooo pretty, Johanna!  Johanna and Peggy have become Jackson's GSOL Dynamic Duo! Those two have really cranked out some baby blankets this month. :)

This is soooo pretty, Johanna! Johanna and Peggy have become Jackson’s GSOL Dynamic Duo! Those two have really cranked out some baby blankets this month. :)

This is blanket #3 for Johanna. Very nice!

This is blanket #3 for Johanna. Very nice!

Johanna with blanket #4! She told us that her husband loves that she now crochets since it makes her so much calmer.  She is crocheting like a house on fire! She doesn't have time to stress. LOL

Johanna with blanket #4! She told us that her husband loves that she now crochets since it makes her so much calmer. She is crocheting like a house on fire! She doesn’t have time to stress. LOL

Johanna displaying blanket# 5.  Soooo pretty, Johanna!!! Thank you for all that you do.

Johanna displaying blanket# 5. Soooo pretty, Johanna!!! Thank you for all that you do.

“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” ~Maya Angelou

Lots more baby blankets that were brought in to the meeting.

Lots more baby blankets that were brought in to the meeting. I think Cassie created some of these.

We left the meeting and delivered FORTY EIGHT baby blankets with beanies and booties to the Nurse and Family Partnership to give to first time mothers in need.  (My granddaughter, Prissy, wanted to be in the photo. :)  )

We left the meeting and delivered FORTY EIGHT baby blankets with beanies and booties to the Nurse and Family Partnership to give to first time mothers in need. Many of the blankets were made from your donated squares, and some of the blankets are created by our long distance volunteers. THANK YOU!   (My granddaughter, Prissy, wanted to be in the photo. :) )

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

Nora L, of Brooklyn, NY, has been a faithful long distance volunteer. We appreciate her recent donation of yarn, baby blankets, beanies, crocheted baby rattle toy, crochet books, and crochet hooks. Thank you again, Nora!  The next time you are in Raleigh, let us know! Maybe a few of us can meet you for lunch on a week day. Raliegh is only two hours away from me.

Donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY

Donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY

Donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY

Donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY

Crocheted and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY

Crocheted and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY

Crocheted and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY

Crocheted and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY

Crocheted and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY

Crocheted and donated by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY

Donated and crocheted by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY

Donated and crocheted by Nora L. of Brooklyn, NY

“Kindness is the greatest wisdom.” ~Author Unknown

We are grateful to receive twenty five beautiful granny squares from L. Hawthorne in Camden, NY.  We get so much more accomplished because you help. Thank you again!

We are grateful to receive twenty five beautiful granny squares from L. Hawthorne in Camden, NY. We get so much more accomplished because you help. Thank you again!

“Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” ~James Matthew Barrie

P.L. Russell, from Orlando, Florida, is another faithful volunteer that we appreciate so very much. Yesterday, I opened her package at one a meeting, and while we all bragged on her talent , and praised the granny squares that she crocheted and donated, I either forgot to take a picture of them, or the camera didn’t take the shot. In either event, I apologize. Please know it wasn’t intentional. I did get a photo of the blanket and beanie. (Which lends me to believe that my camera had a  hiccup and didn’t snap the squares.)  Thank you so much for all that you do and your continued support.

The beautiful baby blanket and beanie crocheted and donated by P.L. Russell of Orlando, Fla.  Along with many crocheted granny squares.

The beautiful baby blanket and beanie crocheted and donated by P.L. Russell of Orlando, Fla. Along with many crocheted granny squares.

Until next time,

Be happy, healthy, and blessed!

GSOL PACKAGES AND OLD P.O. Boxes

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GSOL packages and old PO Boxes:  GSOL continues to receive packages at our old PO box in Rich Square, N.C.  Though we made a change of address years ago and have tried updating our address everywhere the old address was noted. Plz note: I have made the decision to donate all GSOL materials that arrive at our old address in Rich Square to the current PO box holder. I just didn’t feel it was right to expect someone to continue to chase me down with packages after all this time. Considering the current box holder also has a  crochet group who generously donates their time and talent to help those in need, the materials will still be put to good use.   God bless them richly!  Please also note our correct address: GSOL, PO BOX 64, JACKSON, NC  27845