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Old 10-12-2016, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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For those who have read any of my posts, you know I've had a tough time for awhile. Depression had me in its grips since the car accident & then my son's death.

There is a wonderful woman who lives in my building who devotes a lot of her time helping the homeless. I admired her but didn't really know her well until I went to get my mail & she & another neighbor were talking & she was bemoaning the fact she'd accidentally given away the box she kept in the laundry room for our clothing donations.

I told her I had a nice sturdy one & asked what was really needed now. She said, warm clothes, blankets & coats. Well, after my mom's passing the family gave me all her coats since I was the only one they fit. So I told her I would like to donate some of those too.

Long story short. She came to get the box & coats while I was in the process of crocheting a baby blanket for one of my younger friends. First time I resumed crocheting since my son's death. She admired my work, thanked me for the very warm coats I donated & we talked about the work she did for the homeless.

After she left it hit me. There's a lot I can't do since the car accident but I sure can crochet. So I am going to make hats & scarves first because they are quick, then I can make Afghans, which take longer. I've been crocheting since I was 16 so it's easy for me & I have a lot of yarn.

This is a win/win situation & I am excited to start. I have to finish the baby blanket first, but I am almost done.
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Old 10-12-2016, 10:22 PM
 
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That is so great, meo, and good on you for realizing how much you have to offer. I know many homeless people through my job, and a handmade warm covering is truly appreciated and loved and uplifts that person.
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Old 10-12-2016, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Thank you, brightdoglover. It is as much a gift to me as it will be for them. I am just so grateful I have a purpose again.
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Old 10-13-2016, 12:28 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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What a special way to give of yourself and your talent. Homemade and one of a kind!
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Old 10-13-2016, 01:08 AM
 
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Hi MEO

have heard that baby quilts are often appreciated in hospitals for the little patients. don't know if crochet would be the same but...
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Old 10-13-2016, 03:16 AM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Hi MEO

have heard that baby quilts are often appreciated in hospitals for the little patients. don't know if crochet would be the same but...
That's a good thought but for now will concentrate on keeping our homeless warm. It gets pretty cold here in Minnesota & anything I can do to keep folks warm is my goal right now. We do have a quilting group at church & I will mention it to them.
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Old 10-13-2016, 04:40 AM
 
Location: SW Corner of CT
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For those who have read any of my posts, you know I've had a tough time for awhile. Depression had me in its grips since the car accident & then my son's death.

There is a wonderful woman who lives in my building who devotes a lot of her time helping the homeless. I admired her but didn't really know her well until I went to get my mail & she & another neighbor were talking & she was bemoaning the fact she'd accidentally given away the box she kept in the laundry room for our clothing donations.

I told her I had a nice sturdy one & asked what was really needed now. She said, warm clothes, blankets & coats. Well, after my mom's passing the family gave me all her coats since I was the only one they fit. So I told her I would like to donate some of those too.

Long story short. She came to get the box & coats while I was in the process of crocheting a baby blanket for one of my younger friends. First time I resumed crocheting since my son's death. She admired my work, thanked me for the very warm coats I donated & we talked about the work she did for the homeless.

After she left it hit me. There's a lot I can't do since the car accident but I sure can crochet. So I am going to make hats & scarves first because they are quick, then I can make Afghans, which take longer. I've been crocheting since I was 16 so it's easy for me & I have a lot of yarn.

This is a win/win situation & I am excited to start. I have to finish the baby blanket first, but I am almost done.
This is awesome, and those in need will be thankful.
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Old 10-13-2016, 06:10 AM
 
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For those who have read any of my posts, you know I've had a tough time for awhile. Depression had me in its grips since the car accident & then my son's death.

There is a wonderful woman who lives in my building who devotes a lot of her time helping the homeless. I admired her but didn't really know her well until I went to get my mail & she & another neighbor were talking & she was bemoaning the fact she'd accidentally given away the box she kept in the laundry room for our clothing donations.

I told her I had a nice sturdy one & asked what was really needed now. She said, warm clothes, blankets & coats. Well, after my mom's passing the family gave me all her coats since I was the only one they fit. So I told her I would like to donate some of those too.

Long story short. She came to get the box & coats while I was in the process of crocheting a baby blanket for one of my younger friends. First time I resumed crocheting since my son's death. She admired my work, thanked me for the very warm coats I donated & we talked about the work she did for the homeless.

After she left it hit me. There's a lot I can't do since the car accident but I sure can crochet. So I am going to make hats & scarves first because they are quick, then I can make Afghans, which take longer. I've been crocheting since I was 16 so it's easy for me & I have a lot of yarn.

This is a win/win situation & I am excited to start. I have to finish the baby blanket first, but I am almost done.
I belong to several crochet groups on Facebook. Please consider joining. I think what you are doing is wonderful and you may even find women there interested. There are many crochet alongs, free patterns, inspiration and commraderie if it interests you.
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Old 10-13-2016, 06:19 AM
 
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What a wonderful way to give of yourself. I am so happy you have found purpose and excitement.
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Old 10-13-2016, 06:43 AM
 
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For those who have read any of my posts, you know I've had a tough time for awhile. Depression had me in its grips since the car accident & then my son's death.

There is a wonderful woman who lives in my building who devotes a lot of her time helping the homeless. I admired her but didn't really know her well until I went to get my mail & she & another neighbor were talking & she was bemoaning the fact she'd accidentally given away the box she kept in the laundry room for our clothing donations.

I told her I had a nice sturdy one & asked what was really needed now. She said, warm clothes, blankets & coats. Well, after my mom's passing the family gave me all her coats since I was the only one they fit. So I told her I would like to donate some of those too.

Long story short. She came to get the box & coats while I was in the process of crocheting a baby blanket for one of my younger friends. First time I resumed crocheting since my son's death. She admired my work, thanked me for the very warm coats I donated & we talked about the work she did for the homeless.

After she left it hit me. There's a lot I can't do since the car accident but I sure can crochet. So I am going to make hats & scarves first because they are quick, then I can make Afghans, which take longer. I've been crocheting since I was 16 so it's easy for me & I have a lot of yarn.

This is a win/win situation & I am excited to start. I have to finish the baby blanket first, but I am almost done.
This is awesome. Simply awesome.
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