Mission Statement

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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GOAL FOR AFGHANS

Afghans
Goal: 36
Start: #27
Current: 28
0.777%
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Mountain Haze Afghan



This is another afghan designed from stripes.  These stripes are very close to the same size and will probably need less work with edging than some of the other designs.  Mountain Haze seems a good name, with green for trees and perhaps meadows, blue for sky, gray for the smoky mornings and lavender for the haze that we often see with the changing sun light.  I'll be edging and joining the stripes with blue, and then making a reasonable border of the blue which should make the afghan a good size to snuggle under.

If you've been reading this blog for awhile, you may already know I am trying to get a really good start to the year with making afghans, as we did not make our goal last year.  Have you knitted or crocheted an afghan for Bridge and Beyond?  If not, would you consider making one...nudge nudge.  Remember nothing open or lacey works as well as warm and sturdy.  Stitches don't have to be fancy.  Color can be your interest instead of stitches.  If you have questions, please make contact.  Take time to read the afghan tab above .

Thank you for all you do to help the homeless and Bridge and Beyond and please keep up the good works folks.  YOU do make an important difference in lives of other human beings.

**The counts on our progress bars are current, the percentages not quite. I'll not be figure the percentages with each update of numbers, but will be updating again next at least by the 20th. I have in fact made a reminder not on my cell phone for the 20th of each month to do percentages. If we're at a milestone, or I just have extra time I may do it more often...but certainly at that scheduled time.

** 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, January 29, 2018

Love and Loomed Hats



Love with Loomed Hats?  We get a good number of donations of hats made by various sized looms.  That certainly shows love to me.  People who give of themselves, their time, their talents be it with a crochet hook or a pair of knitting needles, or a loom are indeed showing and sharing the love.  What better gift can there possible be beyond giving and sharing love with another human being.  To give love, to share love with someone you don't know is truly priceless in my opinion.

Looming is a wonderful way to contribute even when you don't consider yourself a knitter.  Looms can be used by a great number of people.  Men, women, and children.  Particularly good for children who might not yet have the skills to knit or crochet.  Maybe you know a teen that might like to contribute and learn a new skill?  Looms aren't expensive and they can be a wonderful gift to start someone on a path of crafting for others.

One word of caution, though this picture shows pastels and whites, those are colors we steer clear of for our homeless friends here on Bridge and Beyond.  When looms first came out there weren't many patterns beyond a very basic hat to make with them, that's no longer the case.  There are looms in many sizes, and shapes that serve a variety of projects.  There are also now pattern books to be had to make a variety of items with the looms, including slippers!  Have you loomed?  Have you purchased looms to teach someone how to craft?  If you're making hats from looms, please remember to check out hat tab across the top of the blog to be sure your hat meets the needs of those we serve.

As always, if you have any questions not addressed in any of the tabs across the top of the blog, please email me or use the contact form in the right side bar.  Thank you.  Our hat goal wasn't made last year, perhaps if we can encourage a new pair of helping hands with a loom, we can improve on that donation number.

**The counts on our progress bars are current, the percentages not quite. I'll not be figure the percentages with each update of numbers, but will be updating again next at least by the 20th. I have in fact made a reminder not on my cell phone for the 20th of each month to do percentages. If we're at a milestone, or I just have extra time I may do it more often...but certainly at that scheduled time

.** 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 27, 2018

Kindhearted



Look to me like this woman in the picture is being kindhearted by taking something (presumably food), out of her picnic basket to help this young man.  I wish we could all immolate this act of kindness.  Perhaps you can help someone with food, perhaps money, perhaps a gift card to get food, perhaps with clothing.  Perhaps with kind conversation and a meaningful smile.  Being kindhearted to people is something we should all strive for.  I know I don't always pull it off.  Some days you're rushed for time and don't take the time for the extra act of kindness, some days you're unprepared and later wish you had had a gift card with  you, or food to share, or a warm coat.  Whatever the act of kindness is, it's something anyone receiving it will be appreciative.

Have you actively participated in a week, or a month of random acts of kindness?  If you have tell us about your experiences.  Perhaps something you've done or seen others do will inspire the rest of us.  Perhaps your story will inspire us to invest in another human being.

If you work in or frequently spend time in a downtown area of a large city, you probably come face to face of homeless and others in need more than if you're living in a rural area.  Do you visit parks and see folks trying to sleep on a park bench?  Tell us what you see, what you think could be done to make life easier or kinder for someone else.

**The counts on our progress bars are current, the percentages not quite. I'll not be figure the percentages with each update of numbers, but will be updating again next at least by the 20th. I have in fact made a reminder not on my cell phone for the 20th of each month to do percentages. If we're at a milestone, or I just have extra time I may do it more often...but certainly at that scheduled time.


 **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 25, 2018

Jack Otis, The Face of Homelessness






 

Meet my fellow classmate and friend, Jack Otis. By the hair style you might be able to guess the photo is from the sixty's. 1969 was the graduating year to be exact. Look at that infectious smile and twinkle in his eyes. Now for folks younger then me, seeing this picture -- you might be shocked to see someone dressed for their senior picture. Being barefoot, in casual clothes, outside leaning on a tree or sitting with the family pet was never ever done! The men always wore coats and ties, and the ladies always wore the same blouse for uniformity. Ladies could wear a fluffy cape looking thing the photographer supplied for an extra fee.

Jack Otis graduated from Whetstone High School back in 1969 in Columbus, Ohio. Unlike most of my classmates I didn't know Jack for eons and eons. We didn't attend grade school and junior high together. His family didn't live in the same neighborhood forever, like so many of us. In fact, very little is known about Jack's family. Jack lived with his Dad. None of us knew anything about his mother, except that she wasn't around. Those who knew his home life, remembered his Dad as not being a particularly stable person. Jack was new to our school, he came from someplace in Kentucky. Some classmates believe he moved around a lot.

During those high school years, classmates remember Jack as fun to be with, perhaps even a bit on the wilder side. He was full of life, a bit ornery. Not wild as in bad, but not a mild quiet, stay to oneself type of person. He liked to drink PBR (translation for the younger set, Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer). I should also add that drinking at age 18 was legal back in our day. We had what was called low beer, 3.2 and those 18-19 and 20 could drink that, but you had to be 21 to drink hard liquor and or high beer...high beer is the beer that's out now days. 3.2 no longer exists.

Jack like to drive around on old trails in his Bugged Eyed Sprite (sports car). He was chosen to be Nancy Edgars' escort for The Home Coming Court. That was a big deal, back in the day. Jack was popular folks. He was well liked, he was good looking guy...which you can clearly see from his picture.

He was born (as best I can tell from research) on June 14th, 1951. He died in the year 2000, alone and penny-less. He died homeless in the outskirts of Tucson, Arizona. He lived in a hobo camp outside the city limits and is buried in a small paupers grave in Pima County, Arizona. That area set aside in the cemetery for those without family, those who are indigent, those who have no means of another burial.

Did Jack choose this life? Did the life choose him? What happened to make this smiling good looking young man die alone and homeless? We know he chose to travel some after graduation, and for a short while, we know a fellow classmate gave him lodging in Tucson. That didn't last long, as Jack returned to the hobo camp and died sometime later. Did his sad unstable home life play into this? Who knows. But, this is the face of homelessness folks. I'm willing to bet you all have someone in your past with a similar story. He was someone's son. He was a friend. It makes me sad to know he's buried in a pauper's grave. The reality that truly anyone can be homeless is a sobering fact.
This isn't a newly written post, but is so important, I thought I would re-cycle it.  Homelessness does have a face, it's perhaps easier to ignore the problem if we fail to understand it does indeed have a face, a face of a friend, a relative, a co-worker; or perhaps a neighbor.  There are many people who judge homeless in a very negative manner.  There is sadly, sometimes a general feeling that homeless people are all criminals, on drugs etc.  But, homelessness happens to all kinds of people for all kinds of reasons.  Some we understand, some we do not.  Can you put a face to homelessness?  If so, please share.

 



Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Make an Investment



It occurs to me, we as a society need to make an investment in our Homeless Population.  I feel like that's what we do here on Bridge and Beyond.  We knit, we crochet, we loom and we donate hand made items of warmth...but isn't that us, making an investment in these people who are less fortunate than we are?  We're investing in their future.

I wish, we as a society were making more of an investment in getting people off the streets.  In providing them with a warm roof over their heads.  Investing in their future by helping with jobs, and providing mental health services which are so often needed with homeless populations.  I know homeless people have been around for ages and at times in our history the population has grown and at other times it has become less, which is awesome; but I believe we need a permanent fix...a permanent investment in the future for people in need.

**The counts on our progress bars are current, the percentages not quite. I'll not be figure the percentages with each update of numbers, but will be updating again next at least by the 20th. I have in fact made a reminder not on my cell phone for the 20th of each month to do percentages. If we're at a milestone, or I just have extra time I may do it more often...but certainly at that scheduled time.


** 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, January 22, 2018

Homeless, Hungry, and Hats



We've chatted a lot about being homeless since the first of the year, and shared pictures of the face of homelessness.  Some, depending on where you are you see more than others.  Another picture, sad picture of a person sleeping on the cold cement.  This gentleman has a piece of cardboard and blanket, that's not much.  How does one sleep?  I find it often difficult to sleep through the night in a warm comfortable bed, can't imagine sleeping on the cold, hard cement with perhaps city noises all around you.  I've posted quite a few pictures of that in recent weeks.  Still, each picture sadness me.

Cold, and hungry and homeless.  We do what we can by knitting, crocheting, and looming hats.  There's a hat tab across the top of the blog with information regarding sizes, colors, and fibers.  Please take a look and consider making a hat or two to help Bridge and Beyond help the homeless.  A hat can make a person feel so much warmer.  A hat can keep the cold wind out of your ears and perhaps keep you from getting an ear ache.

If you've knitted or crocheted hats for us before, could I challenge you to make at least one more this calendar year?  Please and thanks.  We didn't make our goal last year and would like to push a bit to see what we can accomplish this year.  Please tell a friend that might help you make a hat or 2. 

Thank you for visiting, and reading this blog.  Hope to see you again.

**The counts on our progress bars are current, the percentages not quite. I'll not be figure the percentages with each update of numbers, but will be updating again next at least by the 20th. I have in fact made a reminder not on my cell phone for the 20th of each month to do percentages. If we're at a milestone, or I just have extra time I may do it more often...but certainly at that scheduled time.

** 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 21, 2018

Grocery Cart Valuables?

Another sad picture of what Homelessness looks like.  Recently, I was packing for a trip.  I had to work at packing to keep the weight down, as I was flying and trying to take "just what I needed".  Easier said then done.  I thought I was being careful, not taking too much; after all I was going to have a washer and dryer in my condo, so I really didn't NEED a lot.  Even knowing that, I had a hard time packing a suitcase.  This man and so many like him, has all he owns in a shopping cart.  All his valuables, in one shopping cart.  WOW!

I repacked my suitcase a couple of times to get it right, what a comparison.  It gave me pause to think about what we who have so much is essential vs those that live on the edge, live in the elements, live day to day in hopes of a night in a shelter.  Truly quite a comparison.  I thought to myself, what would I put in a single grocery cart that would sustain me?  I found, I didn't have the answer and thankfully, I don't have to have the answer...but that didn't stop me thinking about it.

Could I challenge each of you who read this post, please tell one additional person about Bridge and Beyond and it's mission of caring for Homeless today.  Could you set a reminder on your phone for once a month, once every other week, or weekly?  As reminder to tell someone about the mission here on Bridge and Beyond.  Remember you don't need to knit or crochet or loom to help or to donate.  Don't limit yourself to think whom do I know that knits or crochets.  If you know someone who knits and or crochets, obviously that's a bonus.  But, let's do what we can to help spread the word.  The more people know, the bigger chance of helping hands, and the more helping hands we have...the more people we can help.

Thank you for taking time to read this blog, thank you for taking time to share this blog and it's mission, and thank you to all who donate.




**The counts on our progress bars are current, the percentages not quite. I'll not be figure the percentages with each update of numbers, but will be updating again next at least by the 20th. I have in fact made a reminder not on my cell phone for the 20th of each month to do percentages. If we're at a milestone, or I just have extra time I may do it more often...but certainly at that scheduled time.

** 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 20, 2018

Foraging



Another sad picture of what Homelessness is...Foraging.  Foraging for food?  This sadly is a reality for far too many people.  Again, hard to imagine what that is like, how demoralizing it probably is.  How are we as a society going to help?  How can we as individual's help?  I can not wave a magic wand and make this problem go away, no matter how much I wish I could.

But, I do believe we can help.  In an earlier post there was a discussion both in the post and in the subsequent comments that followed about whether or not to give homeless (beggars) money.  Many comments were made that indicated a good number of people aren't comfortable with that, and or that they don't tend to carry cash.  Some felt opposed, not knowing how the money would spent and had conflicts/concerns about whether the money would be used to buy food, or cigarettes or alcohol.  I know that may not be the best use for the money, however, I understand why they spend it that way.  And perhaps having that choice gives them a wee bit of freedom...to do as others in society do?  I don't know the right answer and doubt the answer is or should be the same all the time; as circumstances and people are different. 

Some folks indicated in their comments when possible, they've purchased a meal for the person in need.  Naturally if you're right by a fast food or other food source that does work.  Perhaps carrying fast food coupons or gift cards would be a method to help people, not worry about carrying cash and or not worry about how that cash might be spent.  I wonder, has anyone had experiences they can share along those lines?  Are the homeless you see generally near a fast food establishment?  Have you seen someone foraging and offered an alternative for them?

**The counts on our progress bars are current, the percentages not quite. I'll not be figure the percentages with each update of numbers, but will be updating again next at least by the 20th. I have in fact made a reminder not on my cell phone for the 20th of each month to do percentages. If we're at a milestone, or I just have extra time I may do it more often...but certainly at that scheduled time.

 **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, January 19, 2018

Eclectic Afghan for Homeless Families Foundation



This is a start, to what will be a rather eclectic Afghan.  I raided my stash and found  gold, orange, burgundy, gray and teal of the same type and weight of yarn.  Oh, and purple...or perhaps it's more lavender.  So, this knitted afghan is in the works.  I'll be working on it, as well as assembling 3 afghans from stripes and squares and rectangles.  I have project bags all lined up and will keep you informed how things progress.

Since we feel short of our afghan goal last year, I'm trying hard to double my efforts and get a really good start to our goal early in the year.  I'm also hopeful some of you will join me in this endeavor.  Check your stash, check the afghan tab across the top of the blog and see what you might put together.  We're after warmth.  Whether you knit or crochet, remember afghans don't need to be fancy with involved difficult stitches to keep someone warm.  This afghan will be all garter stitches, with the mix of colors providing some interest.

Most crocheted afghans take a bit less time to make than knitted afghans, thus my having 3 crocheted ghans to work on at the same time as this one knitted afghan.  Do you knit or crochet faster?  Perhaps it all comes down to which skill you learned first?

Please stay tuned, as this afghan and the 3 crocheted afghans grow and let me know what you're working on.

**The counts on our progress bars are current, the percentages not quite. I'll not be figure the percentages with each update of numbers, but will be updating again next at least by the 20th. I have in fact made a reminder not on my cell phone for the 20th of each month to do percentages. If we're at a milestone, or I just have extra time I may do it more often...but certainly at that scheduled time.

** 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 18, 2018

Donations for Homeless




The picture above pulls at my heart strings, it's sad.  Sleeping on a cold sidewalk (just as the previous post) in the middle of busy community while others go about their normal business.  Unlike the previous post and picture, this gentleman doesn't have the luxury of a tent.  Also looks like he has very merger belongings.  Our donations, like a warm knitted or crocheted or loomed hat can make him or others like him more comfortable.  Keep him warmer, and in fact can be the difference in staying alive on a cold night.

Yes, the situation is sad, and rather bleak; but you all who donate do make an important difference in giving people hope, as well as keeping them warmer...and more safe.

Our donations of hats, scarves, mittens, slippers, personal care items, cotton washcloths, and afghans tell people we care about them.  Our donations are all direct donations.  By that I mean, we here at Bridge and Beyond are a grass roots charity, they is no paid staff.  Your donations all go to those in need.  Some of your donations go from you to me to Rae.  Rae is dear lady who prepares hot meals on Saturdays mornings to feed those living out in the elements (under the bridges and beyond).  Your donations go to men, women, and children in shelters; as well as those families who transition from shelter living to a permanent housing situation.

Your donations are gifts!  Think of the Birthday or Christmas Gifts you've given over the years.  You give of yourself be it in time to shop for something special, or time to craft something special.  When you make a donation to Bridge and Beyond or a homeless group in your community, you are doing the same thing.  Giving something special to someone special.  Our donations aren't gift wrapped with a big red bow, but I venture to say they are equally as precious, if not more so.

Each item we knit, crochet, or loom has it's own tab across the top of the blog with necessary information about size, colors, and fibers to ensure our donations do indeed meet the needs of those we serve.  If you have questions not addressed, or wonder why there's a specific requirement for color, size or fiber.........please feel free to contact me either by email or the contact form in the right side bar.

**The counts on our progress bars are current, the percentages not quite. I'll not be figure the percentages with each update of numbers, but will be updating again next at least by the 20th. I have in fact made a reminder not on my cell phone for the 20th of each month to do percentages. If we're at a milestone, or I just have extra time I may do it more often...but certainly at that scheduled time

.** 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.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Camp for Homeless is NOT Camping



On first glance, you may think this Dad and his cute little daughter are camping, but........look again.  They are on a sidewalk--a hard sidewalk somewhere in the US.  Camping on a hard sidewalk is NOT something you do vs staying in a state or national park when you're camping.  When you're camping you typically pitch your tent on grass or a special tent pad that provides comfort.  No, this sad situation is a Dad and his cute young daughter on a sidewalk, there is no camp ground with a bathroom, or a fire pit etc.  They could even be considered as some of the luckier people, as they have a tent which would provide cover in rain. 

I assume there are in a large city that allows homeless to pitch a tent on a sidewalk.  In my community that is not permitted.  But, the big problem here is a young girl/ toddler and her father are homeless.  They probably don't know where their next meal is coming from or whether or not they can stay here beyond this one night.  It's sad.  Truly, being homeless is something that even my being involved with this blog for going on ten years, is hard to fathom.  I can not imagine what it must be like to want to take care of your sweet young daughter when you are without.  I just can't imagine.

Please do what you can to knit, crochet, spread the word here through Bridge and Beyond, as well efforts in your own community.  No one should be homeless.  Let's all do our best to provide what we can.  Perhaps you're able to provide a tent, sleeping bag, tarp or other equipment to an organization in your community.  This is a sad picture indeed, but ...can you picture what it would look like without the stroller, without the tent?  Do what you can, provide what you can. 

Together with caring hearts, we can help...one day at a time, one person at a time, one donation at a time.  Thank you for all you do here on Bridge and Beyond and whatever you're also able to do in your communities.

**The counts on our progress bars are current, the percentages not quite. I'll not be figure the percentages with each update of numbers, but will be updating again next at least by the 20th. I have in fact made a reminder not on my cell phone for the 20th of each month to do percentages. If we're at a milestone, or I just have extra time I may do it more often...but certainly at that scheduled time.** 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 16, 2018

Thank you Karen S for this wonderful donation of crocheted warm hats and scarves.  Absolutely LOVE the brown.  Brown is such a great color for the men.  Special thanks too for tagging the hats with size.  Folks if you click to enlarge the picture you'll see Karen's hand made size tags....so cute!  I assume it's card stock, or perhaps even index card that has been cut with either a dye or pinking shears?

Karen has also crocheted 5 cotton washcloths, that are always so well received.  The cotton washcloths has so many uses.  

If you're new to reading this blog, Bridge and Beyond (dedicated to helping homeless through knitting and crocheting), you may not be familiar with this type of crochet that Karen uses in her scarves.  There are apparently many different names for it, Double Ended Crochet, Cro-hooking, Reversible Tunisian and more.  It's been a while since I posted a video on how Karen accomplishes this interesting light and dark side to the scarves...as well as interesting texture.  I posted about it HEREPlease have a look.

Thank you Karen for your on going support of Bridge and Beyond and our Homeless Friends in Needs.  We all appreciate it, and you.

**The counts on our progress bars are current, the percentages not quite.  I'll not be figure the percentages with each update of numbers, but will be updating again next at least by the 20th.  I have in fact made a reminder not on my cell phone for the 20th of each month to do percentages.  If we're at a milestone, or I just have extra time I may do it more often...but certainly at that scheduled time.**

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, January 15, 2018

Knitted and Donating Scarves and Washcloths

Thank you Sue S for this awesome donation of knitted goodies.  Sue S has knitted 2 very nice scarves.  I LOVE the variegated yarn, the colors will work for men or women!  She's also knitted 6 cotton washcloths with lots of fun variegated yarn.  AND she's included some personal care items she collected a hotel, and some razors for the men.

Sorry the picture is a bit dark, it was such a dark gloomy day here when I took the picture.  Even after edited the photo to enhance the colors a bit it's still pretty dark.  You know it's gloomy and dark when you have all the lights in the house on at 2 in the afternoon.  

Hope everyone is staying warm, the temps have surely been low all around the country, I just can't imagine how bad it is for those living outside, or for those who need to be outside during the day waiting for the time the shelters allow them indoors.

Let us strive this year to do as much as we can.  Even if each of us donates one additional item over last years personal totals...think what a difference that would make.

I also want to thanks Sue for her dedication in visiting and commenting daily on the blog.  I truly appreciate that.  It so helps.  Thank you for all you do.

**Please note the number of items have been added to the individual progress bars, but the percentages will be done next on 20th of January**

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 13, 2018

Begging and Homelessness

This is another picture that shows, in a very strong way what many in our community do when they see a homeless person.  Did you see the previous post?  How can we fix homelessness, if we don't acknowledge it?  Do we (Collective We), not acknowledge it because we don't know how to fix it?  

I don't know the answers, but sometimes think people look away because they don't want to stare, which is considered impolite.  Maybe just smiling, or saying hello would be a step to make them feel less invisible?

None of the above has mentioned begging, so let me address that, since it is the title of the post.  (Just found the picture profound).  Recently I've read some articles about some communities cracking down on what they are calling aggressive begging.  The first article was actually from The UK.  The area where the royal wedding will be, has a handful of homeless/street people.  Their government has decided it's inappropriate for them to be there on the doorsteps when the royal wedding uses that particularly route.  They indicate they are being forceful---aggressive with begging, some who work or live in the area say that's not true; while other business want the homeless gone.  Apparently, the problem is global, not specific to The United States.

I've passed people who have a can or bucket ...some container and are requesting donations, but, I've never had anyone actually approach me and beg for money.  Have you?  Do you give money to those with containers?  Some say it helps, others say it's not a good idea, as some aren't real homeless people, but con artists.  How do you know if you're really helping someone?  Isn't it better to perhaps give donations to someone who might be a con artist, than to not help anyone?

I see both sides of the issue, and have from time to time drop some money in the container; other times not.  I don't more than I do, and sometimes I later feel badly because I didn't.  Sometimes it's because I don't want to open my purse, sometimes it's because I know I don't have small bills..........I often carry very little cash, because I charge 99.9% of all my purchases.  I sometimes put a couple of dollars in a pocket (if I have one, and often as a women don't have pockets), so if see someone I can make a contribution without getting into my purse.  

Tell us what you do?  Tell us what you've seen.  Perhaps we can learn from each other.

In my effort to blog in ABC order, this is my B post.
A post is HERE, if you missed it.

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 11, 2018

Afghans and Homeless

There are so many faces of homelessness.  Some of the faces though are faces not often seen.  5 people in this picture at a traffic light waiting to cross.  The picture seems to make a point of showing how faceless the homeless person on the ground is.  Several appear to be purposely looking any other direction.  The young woman, takes what appears to be a quick sideways glance.....and then we assume the light changes.  I am told in a good number of articles I've read, we as a society look away because it makes us uncomfortable.  We look away because it's easier not to see the faces.

Several years ago I entered a blog contest that challenge bloggers to blog in alphabetically order.  It was a daily challenge.  I am going to attempt to blog in ABC order in hopes of having more blog posts written, even if there are no donations to show that particular day.  I'm probably not going to be able to do it daily,  but will attempt the ABC to have something here much more often that last year.  More frequent posts are suppose to help the SEO placement, just like more blog visits do, and more blog comments and sharing links etc.  So, I'll be sharing pictures, some stats and some of things I've found along the way about homelessness.

A=Afghan Afghans
Goal: 36
Start: #1
Current: 1

0.0277%

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This is our current Tally and Goal regarding Afghans.  36, our goal is an average of the afghans donated over the last 5 years here on Bridge and Beyond.  We've started, and have had 1 donated so far, thus are current number is 1, and you see the percentage of goal accomplished.

I still have squares, stripes, and some pieces parts of things that have been donated over the years that eventually become afghans.  Additionally, sometimes I knit or crochet a ghan from start, and many of you good people do that same.   If you're new to the blog you might not know how our Afghans are used and or why we donate them.

This afghan is one my Great Grandmother made.  I consider it quite a marvelous treat that I still have this.  It's quite old.  Currently, it's not being used and is need of repair; but it's this afghan that propelled me to think how special afghans can be to people.  We donate afghans to families transitioning from shelter living to a permanent housing situation.  With their afghan specially packaged in a clear very large ziplock bag with handles is a letter briefly telling them we congratulate them on their accomplishment, we wish them well in the future and that the afghan is a celebration for them.  The letter tells them how to launder the afghan so that it can withstand the test of time, using a quick story about me having this afghan from my Great Grandmother.


Naturally afghans keep people warm and everyone loves to curl up under one.  It's a feeling of being loved, and comforted.  So, we donated afghans to Homeless Families Foundation and hope that we are providing warmth, comfort, and a sense of pride and accomplishment, as well as hope for the future.

Here's the link for our Afghan Tab
Please take a minute and read the information about size, laundering, perfumes, smoking, pets etc if you're knitting or crocheting an afghan to donate to an appreciative family.

**TRULY, our ghans are received as very precious items.   This is a note from one of my contacts from Homeless Families Foundations.
Sandy  - I wanted to share a story with you...Today one of our clients came in and he was picking out some scarves and hats from what you brought in for us. He started talking about how he use to have a blanket that his grandmother had crocheted for him and due to moving around a lot he had lost it. When I pulled out one of the wonderful blankets you had brought into us and told him that his grandmother didn't make it but hopefully he could think about her when he uses it, he was so thankful. He darn near started to cry which gave me the goosebumps. So thank you once again for all that you do for us at The Homeless Families Foundation. It truly means a lot to our families!


That's the afghan she gave him.  During a later delivery to Homeless Families Foundation, I met the gentleman from the above story.  It was a very special feeling for me.  So,please know if you've knitted or crocheted afghans in the past for Bridge and Beyond, they are very special.  AND, if you've not in the past; please do consider making one to donate.

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.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Crocheted Eclectic Afghan for Homeless Families Foundation

This afghan is one I tried hard to finish to add to our numbers for 2017, and just didn't make it.  It wouldn't have made us hit our goal;  believe we would have been within 3.  So instead it will start us out on this years goal which is 36 afghans (the average of the last 5 years).  It's a bit eclectic in nature, different than those I've made more recently; but I actually like it's weirdness.  The yellow and white striped square was donated some time back by Ann M.  I laid it aside until I could work on it to make it large enough to be an afghan.

It's bright, cheery, and large enough for a family afghan.  It's sorta made in the log cabin style.  It's currently drying as it's being blocked and will get added to the deliveries that are currently packed in my trunk.  By the time you all read this scheduled post, it's already been delivered.  Team effort, thanks Ann for the start.

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 9, 2018

Crochet Scarves Help Warm Homeless in Need

Thank you Sandie P for these two interesting scarves.  I love the fun colors.  This is a type of yarn that changes folks vs changing yarn and tucking edges.  Oh how I love that idea.  Would knitting or crocheting with this yarn be fun in making an afghan?  Well...really in anything, but I think especially in an afghan where you really don't know when it's changing on you.  Sandie says this yarn is Yarn Bee Sugar Wheel.  I've not seen it at the stores, but am going to make a point to look for it..........like I need more yarn, lol.  Sandie says it comes in 7 oz skeins and has lots of different color combinations to pick from.

Sandie has been a long time supporter of Bridge and Beyond, perhaps the very first one.  If not the first pretty close to that from my memory.  Thank you Sandie for your longevity.  Folks you can pop over to Sandie's blog, it's listed in my blog list on the right hand sidebar.  She's posted several variations of this fun yarn with recent projects.  Check it out.

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, January 8, 2018

Knitted Hats and Scarves for the Homeless

Thank you Karen S for this wonderful donation of warm hats with a scarf that matches 2 of the hats.  Thank you also for tagging your hats with size, that is such a benefit--both to me and to all the volunteers at the various shelters.  It aids the item getting on the right shelf; which in turns gets necessary items into the hands of those in need quicker.

Folks you may have noticed the new progress bars in the right hand sidebar.  I'm hoping this will help us see where we are in relation to where we would like to be...to meet our goal of donated items for the homeless that Bridge and Beyond serves.  However, I have discovered that I need to add the numbers to the progress bars when I'm typing the blog posts.  99% of the time, the posts are written and scheduled to post later.  I often type several posts in one sitting and have them scheduled to post even if I'm not sitting here on the computer.  So, the downside of this new system is that what you see in the progress bars reflects whenever I last wrote blog posts, and will typically be ahead of the posts you're reading.  Example.  Yesterday's post, this one and the next 2 are being written...so the numbers for those 4 blog posts are reflected in the numbers in the progress bars.  I'm currently going to try and figure the percentages out once a week, to keep from prefiguring the percentage with each blog post I write.  I had thought, the percentages would be automatically updated, but apparently the html code doesn't do that.

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 7, 2018

Knitted Slippers, Has, and Mittens for the Homeless

Knitted warmth!  Look at the variety here folks.  Slippers in several different sizes and colors to help warm cold feet..........hats for the kiddo's is lots of cute styles, a couple of cowls..........and drum roll for ....you guessed it........MITTENS!  And who knitted and donated all these goodies?  Sue F!  Many thanks Sue for remember us here on Bridge and Beyond.  Extra thanks for tagging slippers and hats and mittens with size. 

I have the trunk of my car all loaded up, as I type this blog post so I can make deliveries on Monday to Homeless Families Foundations.

Sadly the very top of picture is cut off a bit, as there are several hats you can just barely see there in the picture.  Wished I had noticed that before tossing those 5 bags of donations in my car, I could have re-taken the picture; but no clue which bag they are in, or if they are all in the same bag.  Luckily, my note tells me how many of everything so I plug in the number to our progress bars on the right.

Folks these progress bars are new, and not so far the easiest thing to use.  If any of you bloggers know a different style, I would love to know.  Likewise, if anyone knows how to change the default font on the blog.  Some of the functionality seems to be gone that used to be available.  I keep changing the font with each blog post I write, as I don't like the blog default one.......very small and not clean--straight forward looking at this one.  Sing out if you have some thoughts on these two blogging issues.  THanks!!

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 6, 2018

Warm Crocheted Hats for the Homeless

Our first exciting donation of the year, 2018!  Super warm (double thickness) crocheted hats from our good friend Barbara F from New York.  Nice color selection, people the women will enjoy not only the comfort, but the style of these crocheted donated hats.  Barbara has added nicely made size tags to her donation.  The size tags aid the volunteers at the various homeless shelters.  Many thanks Barbara for your dedication to Bridge and Beyond, your truly appreciated.

Folks, we're going to try a new counting system for this year.  Please notice all the goal counters in the right sidebar, as well as the one centered above this post.  I will probably rotate the one centered above this post (just started with Afghan, as it's an A and the start of the alphabet.  Doing so, seems to help the spacing with our new formatted blog.  The numbers I've used for our goals for the coming year, are the averages of our last 5 years of donations.....you'll see that number when you look at the chart by clicking on the stats link below.

If you've not had a chance, please read the posts about our Stats, as well as the post about how we can help the homeless and others in need.  There really are many ways of helping, when perhaps you're too busy to knit or crochet; as well as ways of helping if you're not a knitter or crocheter.

Also, don't miss our impressive list of whom to thank!

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 2, 2018

How Can You Help the Homeless?



Since it's early in our new year, 2018, thought I'd post some ideas.  These ideas are ways you can help the homeless.  Maybe you've been here to the blog, Bridge and Beyond before; but have forgotten ways to help the homeless.........maybe you're new to reading this blog.  In either case, here's some ideas of things you can do to make life better for a homeless Man, Women, or Child.


  • If you knit, or crochet or loom...the most obvious way to help is to knit, crochet, or loom hats, scarves, mittens, slippers, and afghans.
  • If you don't knit, crochet or loom, but know someone who does ....buy them yarn to encourage them to knit, crochet or loom something to donate to Bridge and Beyond.
  • If you don't knit, crochet or loom, and don't know the first thing about buying yarn, offer to pay postage for someone who does knit, crochet or loom and would make and donate something for Bridge and Beyond.
  • Whether you knit, crochet, or loom or not..........visit the blog daily.  Why?  How does that help?  It helps traffic to the blog, which helps with the search engine optimization of the blog, which helps more people find us easier when searching for charities to knit, crochet or loom for.
  • Take your blog visit a step farther, leave a comment.  Why?  The more time spent on the blog also aids the search engine optimization (SEO), and it encourages others to leave comments.  If you're a blogger you can leave your name and url to your blog.  Please leave the blog url, not a google+page url.  I'll return the visit, but can't if you're google+
  • Regardless of whether or not you're a knitter, crocheter, or loomer or not......spread the word by sharing the link to the blog in your email contacts, and on your social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc.
  • If you knit, crochet, or loom in public (planes, lunch at work, etc) have a card or two with you with the name and url of the blog.  Why?  People often ask what you're making when you're knitting, crocheting and or looming in public, right?  When they do tell them what you're making and why........offer them the card so they can check out the blog
  • What is the url?  http://homelessbridge.blogspot.com/    you can also tell them to google Bridge and Beyond.
  • Share the link to the Facebook Group    https://www.facebook.com/groups/246918975439091/?ref=bookmarks
  • If you are not a knitter, crocheter or loomer, you can help by collecting personal care items which are needed all year long.  They are needed in Summer, Spring, Fall, and Winter.  You can buy personal care items, or you can collect items from hotels when you and your friends and family travel.
  • Socks......store bought socks are always needed.  You don't need to be a knitter, crocheter, or loomer to donate socks.  Socks for men is the primary need.  When living outdoors the danger of wet cold feet is very real.  To have warm dry socks to change into can help keep people alive.

**Did you see our donation stats for the last 5 years?
----Thank you to those who donated in 2017

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, January 1, 2018

Thank you !

Today is January 1, 2018.  Bridge and Beyond began in December of 2009, reflections and donation totals for the previous 5 years were posted as my last post of the year 2017, and can be found HERE.  Please do take time to read the post if you haven't already, and add your thoughts.

As we kick off the year 2018, I wanted to again thank everyone who donated during the year 2017 to help the homeless and those in need.  If you're new to the blog, we're always looking for new pairs of helping hands.

Thank you to:

AnneMarie
Ann M
Barbara F
Barbara H
Beth G
Beverly S
Bianca C
Bruce B
Carol W
Christina D
Christine H
Cindy K
Connor W
Cynthia B
Dad
DeeAnn H
Delores M
Donna 
Donna S
Ella S
Emily K
Emma P
Felicity
Gail B
Girl Scouts
Jane B
Jane C
Jason D
Joy D
Juli B
Julian G
Karla T
Karen S
Laurin A
Linda S
Lisa N
Lisa Z
Maggie P
Maria Z
Marsha M
Mary D
Melinda G
Melissa P
Nikki S
Patty C
Paulette J
Phyllis G
Ruth A
Sandie P
Sandra
Sandra R
Sarah S
Shelby M
Sue S
Susie J
Verlene

I hope I didn't miss anyone, as I went back through all the tags/labels on the posts to pick up names.  If I did, my apologizes.

As I type, I've been working on an afghan which I hope to have finished very soon.  Wanted to try and get one more done by the close of 2017, and it just didn't happen.  What are you all working on?

I leave you with a quote from a comment on the previous reflections post that seems very appropriate.

 "There will always be people in need, so if everyone would just make one more hat, scarf or pair of mittens we would have a great new 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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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?