Our lovely Christie and Joe
Before we get to the challenge I’d like to give you a bit of back story. I have been thinking about this goal for a few years but did not have a way to accomplish it. Shortly after Love-Squared began, my husband, eldest son, and myself volunteered in the dining hall at Toledo’s Tent City. Tent City is a weekend-long event that provides meals; warm clothing; medical/dental care; hair cuts; and help getting very important documents like birth certificates, state ID’s, and social security cards. The hours we spent serving and conversing with our fellow Toledoans of ALL ages was eye opening. There was laughter and smiles and friendship every where we looked. This cemented for me Tent City founder, Ken Leslie’s concept of “1matters.” Every single person matters — no matter who they are or what their current situation. It was an amazing weekend and I hope many of you will look into these organizations or events that you may have in your area. Any way, back to the reasons for the new challenge. As we were walking back to our car that evening, we saw many of the children and families we had spoken with during the day getting tucked into their cars. Extra coats and socks were being put on for the chilly night. It broke my heart to say the very least. I have not stopped thinking about what more I could do and the idea took hold. There was no way to make it happen a few years ago, but with all of you on board WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN!
The new challenge to all of you is 3,000 squares. Three thousand squares for 100 blankets that will be given to children and families who want them at next year’s Tent City.
This is a huge goal, but we have one full year to make it happen. Starting today, November 5, 2014 through May 1, 2015, we need to collect 3,000 squares. Use left over scraps from your holiday knitting/crochet projects. Make a square as an instant gratification project between longer to complete items. Remember, 8″ x 8″ of any fiber, color, or pattern. Plain or fancy, they are all loved and needed.
EVERY SINGLE SQUARE HELPS US REACH THE GOAL!!!
Hello to all of you.
As always, it has been a while since I last posted to the blog. Most of you are aware that my family and I made a huge change and relocated to Oregon. Unfortunately, that meant taking a break from squares. A huge thank you to Kathy and Christie for keeping Love-Squared going strong in Michigan/Ohio. I really don’t know what I have done without you stepping in. Before the kids and I started our three-day journey west, Christie hosted a sorting party. It was a chilly, rainy day. What better weather to remind us how important these blankets are. At the end of the day full of laughter, chatting, great food, and friendship, we had sorted 1, 620 squares into 54 blankets. Amazing work everyone. I love seeing all of your beautiful work turning into wonderful blankets.
Cooler days and nights are becoming more frequent. This is usually the time when there is a broader awareness of those less fortunate. In reality, warmth and comfort are year-round needs. Love-Squared works hard to make blankets donations throughout the year. The largest donation is usually made at the end of summer/beginning of fall with the increase in families seeking shelters. Family House of Toledo has posted that they are at capacity, with 70 of their residents being children. These seventy children are a tiny fraction of the kids without homes or in need of warmth.
This being said, Love-Squared Michigan could really use help seaming blankets together. We would love to have them done by October 31, 2014, to help SCARE AWAY THE COLD!!!!!
The squares are continuing to trickle in. I can’t thank you enough for your continued support. Keep them coming so we are able to supply these blankets and some day outgrow the need for them! A 1-year long challenge coming next.
As always, you can contact me here, email email@example.com, or www.facebook.com/lovesquared2
Hello to all of you. I just realized how long it has actually been since my last post. I decided to go back to school last semester and it has been crazy keeping up on the homework as well as taking care of a family and Love-Squared. While I may have neglected the website the blankets were still being put together. Last week I delivered 57 blankets to Family House. This is the largest number of blankets we have been able to deliver at one time!!! Excellent work to you all.
Since it is spring again, FINALLY, I am issuing another 1,000 square challenge. The time line is the first day of spring to the last day of summer. The squares will be sorted and the putting together will begin all along the time line. I’d like to have them ready to donate by mid-fall.
Some more exciting and hopeful new for all of you: it is very possible there will be a new chapter of Love-Squared on the West Coast. It is still in the talking stage and I will let you know as soon as it is finalized. BIG things happen because so many of you support the mission. Thank you for that!
Hello to all of our supporters. If you have tried contacting us through the website, please know I have not gotten your emails. I am looking into that. Until then, you can contact through facebook at www.facebook.com/lovesquared2 while we look into it.
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I promised to update once a sorting party had been arranged. I would love to have as many helping hands as possible. For all of the wonderful people who have been sending squares from all over North America, I will be taking and posting plenty of photos.
We smashed our Summer 1000 squares Challenge. We have just under 2,000 squares to sort. Bring a dish to pass, and join the fun at our sorting potluck to learn more about us and help sort squares!
Sunday, October 6, 2013, from 1:00 – 5:00
Saline American Legion Ballroom
320 Michigan Avenue
Saline, MI 48176
In the mean time, keep those squares coming. The challenge may be just about over, but the need will never go away.
Hello and happy Sunday.
It has been a bit since the last post. The kids and I have been rearranging schedules and adjusting to the new schools. I wasn’t aware of how much time my going back to school was going to take, but we survived the first week. I am looking forward to fall. The cooler temps and and the routine that comes with settling in.
The summer challenge is almost over. I am surrounded by squares. Everywhere I look I see a box or bag stuffed with squares. I can honestly say it is a bit overwhelming to have squares crammed into as many open spaces as possible. It’s a happy problem to have. At last count I had in my possession 1,582 squares from 26 states and three Canadian provinces. That means we will be able to make almost 53 blankets from the Summer 2013 Challenge. You all blew away the goal of 1,000 squares.
I mentioned on facebook that I will be planning a pot-luck sorting party in Saline, Michigan. I will be going tomorrow to book the ball room at the American Legion. The person in charge of scheduling said September was completely booked so we are looking at a Sunday afternoon in October. I will update with the info as soon as it is set in stone this week.
Until then check out the photos. Great job people!!! You have made our Summer challenge a huge success and have touched many children with your squares!
Remember this is an on-going project. Squares are always needed and welcome.
Hello to all the L2 followers.
I am over-joyed to be able to say WE DID IT!!! We have reached the 1000 square goal a full two months early. You can say we smashed that goal because we have 1176 beautiful and unique squares ready to be sorted with the promise of more to come. It makes my heart smile to do the math and see that thirty-nine child afghans will be made with these squares. This will be the largest number to date of blankets we are able to donate at once.
When I started Love-Squared over two years ago I was afraid I would be making these blankets myself. I still worry after each donation that this is the last. I should stop worrying. You have all shown that you care about this as much as I do. Squares have come in from all over the United State and Canada. There was one week I was worried the postal carrier would go on strike if she had to deliver another package. Once it was explained what was in all of the boxes and envelopes she was more than happy to leave them in a water-proof bin to keep them safe. She even smiled the next day she handed over a box of squares. I think I’ll print a photo of all of the squares and give it to her in a thank you card.
Many of you who know me in person know I am constantly thinking and wondering and planning. I can’t say all of the thinking and planning goes the way I think it should, but I try. Right now I am thinking about and planning a sorting and seaming pot-luck afternoon. A group of people coming together, “ooh’s ” and “Aahh’s” over the gorgeous squares and the laughter that always comes with trying to sort so many unique squares into blankets. What could be better? I will finalize my planning and get the information posted soon.
Pat yourself on the back, let out a whoop of joy for smashing the goal and enjoy the photos of squares. You all deserve it! I say it often, but I can’t do this and keep it going without all of you. The challenge may be over soon, but this is an organization without an end. Keep the squares coming.
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As the title states, “The yarn community is a wonderful group of people.” You prove it every day. There are so many charities that are flooded with donations from hundreds and even thousands of people. The huge out pouring of support for Love Squared over the past two years is more than I had imagined it could be.
I had the pleasure on Tuesday of donating THIRTY-THREE of our afghans to Family House. This latest donation brings our total to over 100 blankets donated to children in need. To put that in an even more amazing perspective: that means you have donated over 3000 squares!! How amazing is that.
I have received several questions asking why we donate primarily to Family House and if we plan to donate to other shelters. Love-Squared has a special relationship with Family House. When we were just getting started Renee, the director of the shelter, was the only person to take an interest in or even want our afghans. While Family House will always receive afghans from Love-Squared, we have donated to other organizations and I do plan on supporting other shelters and organizations. I am doing a lot of brainstorming and working on a game plan for expansion. The growth of Love-Squared is steady. As long as the squares keep coming in we will be able to reach out to the overwhelming need.
To close out this post I will update the 1000 Squares Challenge. The squares have been pouring in from all over. The total number of states is 16, plus one province in Canada so far. Crazy! I have pledges and emails stating squares have been sent which would take us over the 1000 mark. I am only counting squares in my possession and that number is 826. You are going to smash the goal by the end of July. A full two months early.
Keep the emails, facebook posts and ravelry posts coming. I love hearing from you and try to answer questions the best I can. Keep the squares coming!!!
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I wanted to share a bit of news with everyone. Some of you know that we are moving so there is a new address. I updated it on the site about a month ago, but want to state again that we no longer have the PO Box we have always used. Love-Squared is still in full swing and nothing, but the address is changing.
Now for the fun and exciting information. I have been keeping a tally and posting pictures of squares that have been coming in on the facebook page. It is time I update here as well. The postal carriers have been busy. It seems there is a new package every two or three days. I love it!! Since the challenge was first announced on April 25, we have received 724 squares. Isn’t that amazing? I am truly shocked. We only have 276 more squares to go before we reach our goal by September 25. I have received quite a few emails about squares in the mail and pledges of squares. I am positive we are going to reach the goal before the end of July.
I have also been compiling a list of where the squares have come from. I can now say we have gone international with the addition of squares coming from two provinces of Canada. I will be adding a map to the site soon with a little pin representing each place place of origin. Here is a list of states we have already received packages from. There are people in several other states who have pledged squares. I will add them to the list when they arrive. This list makes me so happy.
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We have been receiving some great squares from all over. We currently have 402 squares!!! Isn’t that amazing? We only need 598 squares to reach the goal by September 25, 2013.
I would also like to announce love-squared has been written about in the knitting nuggets newsletter. You can see it at http://www.knittingforcharity.org/join_love_squared_a_knitting_charity_supporting_and_warming_.html
Please take a minute to explore their site. They have a lot of good tips, ideas and links.
Keep the squares coming!