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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Bridge and Beyond, Behind the Scenes



Bridge and Beyond Behind the Scenes.  Lots of B's in the title, after all today is April 2, the day for a B post for the A-Z Challenge.

As of the writing of this scheduled post, there have been 1448 published posts here on Bridge and Beyond.  The blogs mission is caring for the homeless through knitting and crocheting.  The first blog post was written on December 2, 2008.  A few days later, one of our original participants, sunniefairy (Andrea), made our logo for us.  The logo has remained these 9 years later and will continue to be our blog badge.

Originally I titled the blog as The Bridge Project, homeless living under the bridge was the first focus.  As donations grew, which they did quickly...we were able to care for a shelter.  As time went on, we continued to grow and added other shelters in need, schools in need and more.  The name was change to Bridge and Beyond.  We were helping those beyond the bridge, so it seemed appropriate.

We supplied knitted, and crocheted items such as hats, scarves, mittens, and slippers.  Again with growth we added the personal care items, cotton washcloths, rain poncho's, afghans, and socks to our our donation list.

This is the first scarf I made and donated back in 2008, using up odds and ends of yarn in my stash.

Bunny (Lynda G) was the first person to donate.  Her donation was received on December 9th, 2008.  So, in a matter of 1 wk, we were on our way to being a "group".  The power of one is truly awesome, and when people join ranks, great things can be accomplished.  Bridge and Beyond has been a grass roots charity now for 8 years.  If you knit or crochet, please help us.  If you don't, tell a friend about us.  AND, you can help without knitting or crocheting by donating personal care items and store bought socks.  Each item we collect has a tab across the top of the blog with necessary information.

2015 DONATIONS:
Hats: 179
Scarves 67
Mittens/Gloves/Wrist Warmers: 45
Slippers: 50
Rain Poncho's:  53
Cotton Washcloths: 109
Afghans: 6
Socks: 126
Cowls 12
Shawls 1
Misc: items like personal care and things don't fit into above categories aren't counted


All donations regardless of size and number are valued. All donations are appreciated. The Power of One is awesome, and when we work together The Power of One becomes The Power of Many.

28 comments:

  1. Everyone can make a difference in this world and you are living proof.

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    1. Thank you Delores for your visit and sweet comment, both are appreciated.

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  2. Interesting post Sandy. Many people helped over the past 9 years by the Power of One. Hopefully our good work can continue to help people on into the future. Thank you for your ongoing hard work and support of the Homeless in Ohio.It must be amazing to know how many people you have been able to help with what at one time was a mere idea that could or could not have succeeded, Thank you to all the people who have helped over the years.GOD BLESS THEM ALL AND GOD BLESS THE HOMELESS.
    Weather here went a little crazy yesterday. Winds of 50 mph, Temps of 84 degrees, storms with lightning and thunder last night. We had it all in one day I think.Happy spring everyone. marj in minnesota/ 50 degrees to start

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    1. Wow Marj, you really did have it all in one day weather wise. Winds can be very damaging, I hope everyone there is safe. We warmed up yesterday and I have 1 Daffodil blooming. It looks sorta pathetic out there by itself, and it's really tiny, sorta not fully developed...but it's there, hoping others will join it. It gives me hope! And right you are Marj so many people have helped over these years, so many good and kind people reaching out to others, I so believe in the good in people.

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  3. It's amazing you have already so many items in 2015 and it's only 1/4 way through. I love that first scarf!

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    1. Thank you Sheila, it's a process and we'll hit slow periods after the weather really warms up, many people don't like to knit or crochet in the warmer months; but we continue the effort.

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  4. Wow! It's wonderful that you're able to grow so much as a group. Very inspiring. :-)

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    1. Thank you Misha, I too find it inspiring, even after so many years.

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  5. I do like the work you do! I might after the A/Z is over pick up knitting needles (its been years) and find a simple pattern for a hat or a scarf and join in!

    betty

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    1. Betty, I would love that. Things don't have to be complicated, easy straight forward knitting gets the job done. Do join us.

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  6. How time flies! I remember well the beginnings of the Bridge. You've done so much since that time. Kudos!

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    1. Thank you Sandie, hard to believe it's been that long. I thank you for being with me from the beginning!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and for the visit, hope to see you again.

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  8. The first scarf is very pretty. The power of one is great. Sandy, you had such a great idea when you started this blog and group. This group has helped so many people over the years.

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    1. It was really a bit of surprise to me when I started going back to see when we began etc, I'd forgotten how long ago it was and how people were so willing right from the get go to jump on board with me. People are pretty cool! Crafters have big hearts.

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  9. We need more people like you in our world. Too many uncaring souls. All it takes is a little effort and time to make a difference.

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    1. Thank you Stephen, much appreciate your visit and your very kind comments. I'm happy so many were willing to help me along the way.

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  10. It is so great that you help so many by making all these lovely items! You are definitely a good soul and appreciated by many.
    As I See It Daily

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    1. Thank you Katy, lovely comments, there are many people involved here and probably everyone thought at one time, I'm only one person...but together it's been quite a team.

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  11. The name "Bridge and Beyond is catchy, but I LOVE the meaning behind it. You do a great job with this project. It's such a great idea.

    A former church pastor and his wife have started a helps initiative called, "Room at the Inn," other than the crocheting, they do a lot of the things that you are doing.

    I know you are appreciated.

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    1. Thank you for the visit and sweet comments TBR, would like to learn more about your friends efforts. Will see what I can find out about Room at the Inn.

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  12. Hi Sandy! I tried to comment yesterday but, for reason I couldn't from my phone. It's hard to believe it's been 9 years! LOL It's awesome to see how much Bridge and beyond has grown since then. So many giving their time and talents for people in need. Awesome! I've actually pulled out my yarn and needles again working on a pair of gloves.

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    1. Thrilled to have you visiting the blog again Bunny and even happier that you've pulled out your yarn! Awesome news indeed. I know 9 years! Pretty cool.

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  13. Lovely to read the history of Bridge and Beyond. I admire your dedication so very much and am inspired by you and the group!

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    1. Thank you Brandy, much appreciate your visits and encouragement.

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  14. This is awesome program Sandy! It's heartwarming to see the participation in your group.

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    1. Thank you Lisa, appreciate your visit and kind comment.

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