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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. Contact me for the mailing address. Thank you

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GOAL FOR AFGHANS

Afghans
Goal: 30
Start: #3
Current: 7
0.2333%
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Friday, January 15, 2021

Hats and Scarves Warm the Homeless


Thank you Karen S for this thoughtful donation of crocheted scarves and loomed/knitted hats.  Karen is starting us out with both hats and scarves for the year 2021.  

As always, remember to click the picture to enlarge (you can always do that here on Bridge and Beyond), so you can see the details.  She's made her cute heart shaped tags for size...such a nice tough.

In 2020 we knitted/crocheted and donated 351 hats, which was about 50% of our goal of 685, however that 351 was better than we did the year before in 2019 with 300.  I've set the goal for 2021 at 323, which is our average of the last 4 years, so hopefully, we'll pass that by and maybe even donate more than we did in 2020.

Karen has also started us off with scarves for the new year.  In 2020 we donated 146 scarves which was less than our goal of 218.  I've set the new goal which is the average of the last 4 years to 209, we'll have to work to meet that goal I think, since it's considerably higher than where we were last year.

As always Karen, many thanks and please keep up the good work.  

**The counts on our progress bars are current. 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, January 12, 2021

Donated Socks Warm Cold Feet of the Homeless


Thank you Tara B for starting off our year with this great sock donation.  When you live out in the elements, or get nights at a shelter; having clean dry socks is HUGE!!  We've all had cold wet feet and it's miserable.  Especially when getting relief from that situation is so difficult.

Tara B has set up a recurring order of socks from Amazon.  When she first told me about this, I thought........BRILLANT!!  She doesn't have to take the time to shop, or package things up and pay shipping.  Amazon delivers directly to me.

We donated 107 pairs of socks in 2020, but had a couple of very lean years so our average for the last 4 years is only 79.  Though I have listed that as our goal, I feel confidant we can meet and exceed that.  So, thank you Tara for getting us started with these 6 pairs and 73 to go.

**The counts on our progress bars are current. 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, January 9, 2021

First Donation for 2021

More afghans from our friend, Marsha M.  You may remember my telling you I filled the car when I picked these up from her some time back and have been working through the pile to launder and block them.  So these 3 afghans begin our count for the new year, 2021.  This bright neon colored ghan is styled with 2 large center squares joined and then edged.  Some youngin will no doubt enjoy this.
This pretty blue and purple ghan is a shell pattern, light and airy and will appeal to a teenage girl or perhaps single woman as a lapghan.  Looks like the ocean to me.  AND thinking about the ocean right now in the middle of winter makes me smile.  AND did you notice sunshine coming through the window on the day I photographed this one.  This style lapghan/ghan is worked side to side.
Another granny square styled with smaller squares (15) and then edged.  These colors remind me of fall and leaf color, or perhaps the period when we all had harvest gold, burnt orange and or avocado green appliances.

I've kept you all guessing how many ghans/lapghans Marsha crocheted over these past couple of years.  Yes that's why the car was so full it was several years worth of her crocheting.  We ended 2020 with her count of 25 and so now she's at 28...pssss, but not done, so please do keep coming back and I will continue to launder and block, as she cares for her husband.

Our 2020 goal for afghans was 24 and we collected and donated 40, so did well with going over goal.  This years goal is 30, the average of our last 4 years.  So, let's see if we can match or exceed our new slightly higher goal.  3 down and 27 more to go.


**The counts on our progress bars are current. 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.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Final Numbers for 2020 Donations, AND New Goals for 2021

Here are our totals for the last 4 years 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.  You can see the percentage of our goal met for this past year, AND you can see the average of the 4 years which we will use for our goals for this year, 2021.

Notice the 2020 figures in red, Afghans, Hats, and Mittens are the 3 items we donated more in 2020 over 2019.  Additionally, note we made goal in two categories, Afghans and Mittens last year.

The format I used to use to make our little spread sheets no longer exist, so once I made the above on google docs all I could do was save as a PDF which I can't use here on blogger, so then printed and saved as a picture, which is why it's a bit fuzzy.  If someone knows another method, please let me know.

Keep your yarn and hooks and needles busy folks and let's see if we can make goal in more categories this year, 2021.  

Many thanks for all you do.


**The counts on our progress bars are current. 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, January 5, 2021

Thank You to All Who Donated in 2020!


Flowers from my back yard for you all!  Who doesn't like flowers!!  I wanted to take this time to once again Thank all who donated during this past year, 2020.

THANK YOU

Annemarie D
Anna W
Cynthia B
Christine D
Christine H (darling daughter)
Deanna S
Gail B
Joy D
Kara T
Karen S.
Kathy S
Lara M.
Laura E
Laura J
Lisa N.
Marsha M
Michelle N
Nikki S
Patricia W
Phyllis G
Sandie P
Sandra R
Sarah S
Sharon D
Sue S
Tara B

Each and everyone of you have helped make a big difference in the lives of those less fortunate.  You have helped to warm, both physically and mentally those in need.  Well done ladies.

I hope each of you have a good 2021, I know we're all in need of the year being better than 2020 was.

Please pop back in for our year end totals.

**The counts on our progress bars are current. 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, January 3, 2021

Last Donation of the Year, 2020


Thank you Sandie P for this awesome donation of crocheted scarves!

If you've visited this blog before you probably know Sandie P from Louisiana is our longest standing donator.  She and I belonged to a charity group way way back on Crochetville.  To tell you how long ago that was, the charity was helping Katrina victims.  Somehow it seems fitting, given our long history that Sandie's donation marks the last donation for 2020!

Love the scarves, nice variety of sizes and colors.  Shockingly the day I photographed her donation there was actually a wee bit of sunlight coming in the window......trust me when I say that doesn't happen very often here in Gray Cloudy Central Ohio.

Sandie's 7 scarves brings out total of the year to 146 for a percentage of 0.6697% of our goal, which was 218, 72 short of our goal.  

Please know you have helped many people throughout the year with your donations Sandie, and keep up the good work.

I'll be posting final numbers in a few days, and new goals for 2021, so please keep checking back in folks.  Let's hope 2021 brings us a better year on many levels.

**The counts on our progress bars are current. 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.

Where are You and Your Yarn From?

I'm trying to identify where everyone is from, partially for fun. Take a look at the map. Also, believe it will aid me in cases where we have several people with the same name. Please look at the lists of bloggers and non bloggers and see if I have the state you hail from. If not, please leave a comment and let me know.

Additionally, we've had help from Scotland, England, Germany Puerto Rico, Canada, and France! They don't appear on the map, but their help is still greatly appreciated.

Where The People Who Donate Come From, is your state represented?