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Our mission is to warm those in need through knitting, crocheting, looming and quilting. Our NEW hand made items provide hope to those living outdoors and those in temporary shelters. We provide for Men, Women, and Children in Central Ohio all year long. Specific details available by clicking item specific tabs, or the Who we Help Tab. If you have further questions, please contact me via the contact form. ALL DONATIONS MUST INCLUDE A NOTE WITH AN EMAIL ADDRESS.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Thank you Marsha M! Donated Crocheted Afghans Galore

 By now, you surely must know who's hook these big granny square afghans are from.  Unless it's your first trip to this blog, Bridge and Beyond.  Marsha M must be the fastest crocheter in the world!!  She hand delivered bags of these lovely, cheery afghans/lapghans to my house.  I've opened each bag, photographed and edited lots of photo's of her work.
 Each afghan/lapghan was received with great enthusiasm at Homeless Families Foundation where they were all delivered.  In fact, they were all delivered before you got to see them all and read about them all here on the blog.  I honestly don't think Marsha missed a color when you go back and look at each one.
 Some are similar in colors, and yet each one is truly and totally unique.  Some have a dominate color theme, others are mingled every few row.  I've had fun looking at them all, and know you have as well.  I'm thrilled beyond words at how Marsha's donation brought our numbers so close to last years mark...and still we have some time left, so please do keep checking in folks to see how close we get.

If I could pick a favorite in this group, perhaps it would be the first one.  What about you?


**To match last years donation totals, we need 164 more scarves, as of today...there's 20 physical days left in the year, so we would need a donation of 8.2 scarves per day to make it.  How close will we get? AND 180 hats which is 9 per day.  Anyone want to make a wager?  AND look how close we are to our Afghan total!

DONATIONS 2017

HATS:  180
SCARVES (Gators, Infinity Scarves)  164
MITTENS:  +9
SLIPPERS: 52
RAIN PONCHOS: 205
COTTON WASHCLOTHS: +72
AFGHANS: 11-4=7
SOCKS: 120 
Misc, Ponchos, shawls, headbands etc aren't counted but very much appreciated.

**We started the year with the number of items we had donated last year, 2016; and will subtract our donations from that.  Using the end number for 2016 as the goal for the each item.  So, as the year continues you will see numbers decrease.  Our goal is to meet and surpass the number of items donated last year.**

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.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Hats, Scarves and Lapghan Donated to the Homeless

 Drum roll please, got some goodies to share with you again.  A fun warm afghan/lapghan.  The center looks like bright sunshine to me with the blues and greens, oranges etc.  Lots of primary colors here and more!!
 Guess who's been busy with her crochet hook?  Guess, lol.  Do you recognize the style?  Bet you do, this crocheted granny square afghan/lapghan comes from the smoking hot crochet hook that belongs to our friend Marsha M.  I love this color combination.  Looks so bright and cheery and sorta Christmasy.  
 AND for some more variety, our friend Marsha M has included hats and a scarf.  Love the variety of colors in the hats.  Warm heads are happy heads.

Oh, this purple one, what female wouldn't love this one!!  I'm trying hard to pick a favorite from this group and it's a real toss up....hum, maybe the purple, it looks so peaceful and restful.........then again the red and green.  Oh my, it's hard, but I think I'll go with the purple.  How bout you?  As always, I remind you to click to enlarge so you can see details of any of the pictures here on Bridge and Beyond.  It helps you truly admire the hard work that goes into our big hearted crafters donations.

AND........wow, look how our numbers toward our goal are improving.

Many many thanks Marsha, please please keep up the good work.


DONATIONS 2017

HATS:  194-14=180
SCARVES (Gators, Infinity Scarves)  165-1=164
MITTENS:  +9
SLIPPERS: 52
RAIN PONCHOS: 205
COTTON WASHCLOTHS: +72
AFGHANS: 14-3=11
SOCKS: 120 
Misc, Ponchos, shawls, headbands etc aren't counted but very much appreciated.


**We started the year with the number of items we had donated last year, 2016; and will subtract our donations from that.  Using the end number for 2016 as the goal for the each item.  So, as the year continues you will see numbers decrease.  Our goal is to meet and surpass the number of items donated last year.**


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.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Crocheted Afghans and Lapghans such a Wonderful Donation

 Gold and green crocheted stitches from our good friend and speedy crocheter Marsha M, make this lovely afghan/lapghan.  I need to ask Marsha if she's going for the worlds record of faster crocheter.  
 Then there's awesome blue one~!  WOW  Everyone likes blue.  This will work for men or woman.  Truly fantastic.
 Doesn't this one look patriotic?  I am convinced now, this woman truly must not sleep, or eat!  She's making so many people happy with these warm, cheery afghans/lapghans.  Marsha, you're a marvel.

AND ...drum roll there's more.  I encourage you all to scroll back to yesterday to see 3 others she made.  Well....really scroll back 2 or 3 pages worth.  I know you'll be as impressed with the number of people she's warmed as I am.

Keep up the good work Marsha.  Many thanks.  I think the Blue one is my favorite in this group...how bout you?

Look how close we're getting with our goal for afghans for the year?



DONATIONS 2017

HATS:  194
SCARVES (Gators, Infinity Scarves)  165
MITTENS:  +9
SLIPPERS: 52
RAIN PONCHOS: 205
COTTON WASHCLOTHS: +72
AFGHANS: 18-4=14
SOCKS: 120 
Misc, Ponchos, shawls, headbands etc aren't counted but very much appreciated.


**We started the year with the number of items we had donated last year, 2016; and will subtract our donations from that.  Using the end number for 2016 as the goal for the each item.  So, as the year continues you will see numbers decrease.  Our goal is to meet and surpass the number of items donated last year.**

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.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Donating Bright Cheer and Warm to Ohio's Homeless

 Look!  More bright cheery afghans/lapghans from our friend Marsha M.  The woman who should be known as the woman with the smoking crochet hook!  Seriously, I don't know how fast she's able to crochet, or if she crochets in her sleep..............please scroll back and see how many afghans/lapghans she's crocheted and donated!!
 Big granny squares is her style with every color imaginable.  All are interesting and eye catching.  And all will be loved by those who wrap up in them.
 Please remember to click to enlarge pictures so you can see all the color she uses, because with a first glance you honestly don't see them all.  AND yes she knitted and crocheted hats, scarves, and infinity scarves as well.  Pretty exciting to see our numbers going down.

This bright orange, pink, red.......fire burst below is probably my favorite of this group.  LOVE it.  Do you have a favorite?  Have you scrolled back to see all the previous afghan/lapghans she's donated?  You might not be able to pick a favorite, lol

Many many thanks Marsha, we so appreciate all your efforts.


DONATIONS 2017

HATS:  205-11=194
SCARVES (Gators, Infinity Scarves)   167-2=165
MITTENS:  +9
SLIPPERS: 52
RAIN PONCHOS: 205
COTTON WASHCLOTHS: +72
AFGHANS: 21-3=18
SOCKS: 120 
Misc, Ponchos, shawls, headbands etc aren't counted but very much appreciated.


**We started the year with the number of items we had donated last year, 2016; and will subtract our donations from that.  Using the end number for 2016 as the goal for the each item.  So, as the year continues you will see numbers decrease.  Our goal is to meet and surpass the number of items donated last year.**

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.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Thank you Mary D for Helping the Homeless



 Mary D, our newest pair of helping hands has been very busy creating hats and scarves for the younger set.  The kids will be thrilled to get these soft scarves.  So happy to have you with us Mary, helping Ohio's Homeless in Need.  So many people without roofs over their heads,
 or living day to day, hoping for nights in shelters here and there.  Children are still expected to go to school.  Has to be hard, not knowing where you'll be for the night or when you'll have a meal next.  
 One of the things Homeless Family's Foundation does is transport children to and from school, making sure they have a meal on return to the facility from school, and they provide homework assistance for the kids to help them through these difficult times, while they work with the adults to find lodging and jobs.

These hats and scarves will help them know, someone cares!  These hats and scarves will help them stay warmer, and healthier.  Many thanks Mary D, please keep up the good work.

AND look what a wonderful dent her donation has made in our goals for hats and scarves.  205 hats needed to reach last years donation mark.  AND167 hats to meet last years mark.  Will we make it?  28 days left to the end of the year.  Let's see how close we can get.


DONATIONS 2017
HATS:  227-22=205
SCARVES (Gators, Infinity Scarves)   187-20=167
MITTENS:  +9
SLIPPERS: 52
RAIN PONCHOS: 205
COTTON WASHCLOTHS: +72
AFGHANS: 21
SOCKS: 120 
Misc, Ponchos, shawls, headbands etc aren't counted but very much appreciated.


**We started the year with the number of items we had donated last year, 2016; and will subtract our donations from that.  Using the end number for 2016 as the goal for the each item.  So, as the year continues you will see numbers decrease.  Our goal is to meet and surpass the number of items donated last year.**

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.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Donating Crocheted Afghans Helps Homeless

 This primarily gray afghan will be so nice for the men folk, or teen boys.  Big Bold Granny Square afghan crocheted and donated by our friend Marsha M.  If you missed my first post about her afghans, please please scroll back so you can see them all.  You really don't want to miss any of them.
 Thank you, Thank you Marsha.  What a busy busy woman you are with your crochet hook.  Is it smoking from the speed in which you crochet?  Seriously!!  Fun how the blues pop in this one.  But wait............keep going.
 What truly fun and interesting colors this big granny is.  Doesn't it look like a spring garden to you?  First thing I thought of when I unfolded this one.  

AND....the one below, looks sorta partiotic to me.  It's not actually red, white and blue alone, but it looks that way on first glance.  As always, please remember to click to enlarge any and all pictures here on the blog so you can see colors, and details of the wonderful donations our gifted and generous crafters donate.  Many many thanks Marsha!

Folks........be like Marsha, be like the Every-ready Bunny, be sure and keep checking in ...wink wink hint ....there's more.



DONATIONS 2017
HATS:  227
SCARVES (Gators, Infinity Scarves)   187
MITTENS:  +9
SLIPPERS: 52
RAIN PONCHOS: 205
COTTON WASHCLOTHS: +72
AFGHANS: 25-4=21
SOCKS: 120 
Misc, Ponchos, shawls, headbands etc aren't counted but very much appreciated.


**We started the year with the number of items we had donated last year, 2016; and will subtract our donations from that.  Using the end number for 2016 as the goal for the each item.  So, as the year continues you will see numbers decrease.  Our goal is to meet and surpass the number of items donated last year.**

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.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Crochet Hat and Scarf Sets Donated for the Homeless

Thank you Karen S. for this thoughtful donation of hats and scarves, matching sets!.  Thank you also for taking the time to label the hats with size........that's such a time saver for me, as well as the volunteers at the various shelters.  GREAT colors, suitable for either males or females.

Karen has been supporting Bridge and Beyond with her crochet hook for a good long while.  Thank you for your persistence and longevity!

I've posted before the technique she uses for this interesting light - dark side, but it's been awhile so thought I would again, in case anyone is interested in trying it out.

Here's the post where I included a u-tube video.

DONATIONS 2017
HATS:  230-3=227
SCARVES (Gators, Infinity Scarves)   190-3=187
MITTENS:  +9
SLIPPERS: 52
RAIN PONCHOS: 205
COTTON WASHCLOTHS: +72
AFGHANS: 25
SOCKS: 120 
Misc, Ponchos, shawls, headbands etc aren't counted but very much appreciated.


**We started the year with the number of items we had donated last year, 2016; and will subtract our donations from that.  Using the end number for 2016 as the goal for the each item.  So, as the year continues you will see numbers decrease.  Our goal is to meet and surpass the number of items donated last year.**

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.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Crocheted Afghans for Ohio's Homeless

 Looks at this fun, cheery big granny square afghan!  Such interesting color combinations.  Too many colors to count.  LOVE it.  This afghan was donated by Marsha M.  This will work for male or female, adult or teen.  As you probably know, our afghans are donated to Homeless Families Foundation with a letter of congratulations.  There are part of a Welcome Home Pack when families transition from shelter living to a permanent housing situation.  It's a way of saying, Good Luck to you in the future, Congrats on getting into a home; as well as something to keep warm under.
 I LOVE LOVE this granny square afghan because I truly love color.  You really need to click the picture to see the details in the colors.  It's far more than just red or reddish orange which is what you see at first glance.  As mentioned above, our afghans are part of a welcome pack and each is put in a see through large plastic bag with a handle and come with washing instructions to help families keep their afghans for years. 
 Don't stop........seriously, you can see Marsha didn't.  She's been super busy with her crochet hook.  Here's yet another awesome colorful granny square afghan.  Some women or teen girl will be thrilled to get this.  Referring to our pack with the letter and afghan...been awhile since I've mentioned how an afghan can be a family heirloom.  I personally still have one my great grandmother made...in need of repair, but I still have it these many years later.  So, I like to include that brief note along with the laundry instructions so folks can enjoy their specially made afghans for years to come.  Don't blink...keep scrolling.  Marsha's made yet another fun colorful afghan.  This one is not a large granny square, but a traditional side to side style.  Again, the colors are suitable for males or females.

Marsha has been truly busy.  But, stay tuned...........there's more....but, as you know I limited the number of pictures in a post for loading time of blog, and spreading out blog posts which aids the blog placement with search engines.  Sooooooooooo do keep checking back.

Thank you Marsha, look our afghan goal is shrinking!  25 to hit last years mark  How close will we get?


DONATIONS 2017
HATS:  230
SCARVES (Gators, Infinity Scarves)   190
MITTENS:  +9
SLIPPERS: 52
RAIN PONCHOS: 205
COTTON WASHCLOTHS: +72
AFGHANS: 29-4=25
SOCKS: 120 
Misc, Ponchos, shawls, headbands etc aren't counted but very much appreciated.


**We started the year with the number of items we had donated last year, 2016; and will subtract our donations from that.  Using the end number for 2016 as the goal for the each item.  So, as the year continues you will see numbers decrease.  Our goal is to meet and surpass the number of items donated last year.**


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.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Knitted and Crocheted Afghans in the Works

 The colors here are a bit off.  The center of this knitted afghan is navy, not purple as it sorta looks in this picture.  This afghan has been real piece meal.  Started it in the car on a road trip, and then when it got a bit big for car trips, laid it aside.  Have 4 more sections to finish it, then get ends tucks in, laundered and blocked.  Hoping to get this done soon to help with our numbers for afghans.
This crocheted afghan is getting there.  The pink center was donated, and is a nice start.  Thought working on this might produce another afghan a little quicker, as crocheting is faster than knitting.  After several more rounds of the variegated, will do perhaps a pink or blue section next.  Need to check my stash and see what works.

Hope you're all busy trying to finish up some projects.  I'll keep ya posted how we're doing against our goal of matching last years donated afghan total.  29 to go.

DONATIONS 2017
HATS:  230
SCARVES (Gators, Infinity Scarves)   190
MITTENS:  +9
SLIPPERS: 52
RAIN PONCHOS: 205
COTTON WASHCLOTHS: +72
AFGHANS: 29
SOCKS: 120 
Misc, Ponchos, shawls, headbands etc aren't counted but very much appreciated.


**We started the year with the number of items we had donated last year, 2016; and will subtract our donations from that.  Using the end number for 2016 as the goal for the each item.  So, as the year continues you will see numbers decrease.  Our goal is to meet and surpass the number of items donated last year.**

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.

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