Diane Suder Giving Back
While on west coast Crochet Cruises, I was fortunate to have met Diane Suder, a Crochet Crowder who decided to spend a week with us hook’n the high seas. I have to tell you speaking honestly from the heart, I enjoyed my time with Diane a lot. She was regularly in the hang out locations and she was so easy to share with. I loved my time with her. She is back on two crochet cruises for next year! I’m excited to see her once again!
Diane comes across as quiet and soft spoken but sure has a lot to say but sometimes saying isn’t enough. It’s our own personal actions that say more than words alone.
I received a touching letter from Diane today that touched my heart. With her permission, I am allowed to post it here. My point for posting is that I learned something this morning. She, through her own actions, has shown that many of the challenges and thing we do here has helped charities within her reach. I never really gave it much thought to how nearly every project we choose can pay it forward to someone who may be in need. Thanks Diane for sharing… See letter below:
I just have to tell you how much you have influenced me since I became a member of The Crochet Crowd family. I can’t believe how often I am getting out of my comfort zone to try new things.
I was only interested and very dedicated to crocheting and knitting preemie blankets for the last 7 years. It is a very meaningful ministry and love the stories I hear from the NICU nurses. (Heart of Texas Threads of Love).
I’m currently working on the market bag which I would NEVER have attempted before “the crowd”. (I really goofed and am working in a spiral. It will be interesting to see if I can pull off the handles). I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges, crochet alongs and mystery adventures. I’ve incorporated some of your ideas at our “threads” meetings for our holiday blankets. It is great fun knowing I am doing the same thing with so many other crocheters and see and share our finished products.
The afghans and giraffes have been donated to a dialysis clinic. The blankets to keep patients warm and the giraffes for the younger patients that need that extra love. I was told the nurses were fighting over the four giraffes.
The wristers were given to the homeless.
Some of the tutorials, such as the Juicy Fruit afghan, I tried to make preemie size and had enough success to be able to turn it in at one of our meetings.
So, you see how much your giving and caring heart has done for many, many people. Then multiply that by thousands. You are making quite an impact on the world.
I also enjoy seeing posts from fellow cruisers. It’s exciting to see a post from one of them and respond to their posts and actually know who they are.
I have grown so much as a crocheter, I will attempt a pattern I never would have considered trying before. I even found a shawl that I want to make for ME. I never make something for myself. I love giving away what I make.
So, have a wonderful day, I look forward to spending time with you and all the other cruisers in Feb.
Following One, Serving All