(12/07/2011) In November, over $600 was raised by a silent auction to benefit one of our Signature Texoma RSVP projects, Blossoms of HOPE. The Auction was held on November 22, 2011, from 9 am until 4 pm in the Lobby on the first floor of the TCOG building at 1117 Gallagher Drive in Sherman, TX.
Blossoms of HOPE is a group of senior volunteers, facilitated by Texoma RSVP, in which volunteers give back to the community by using their knitting and crocheting skills. Volunteers meet weekly to knit and crochet items to be donated to those in need, including children and families seeking help through the local Crisis Centers. Many baby blankets are also given to new mothers at area hospitals to promote Childhood Immunization.
TCOG has a local volunteer to thank for generating the idea and enthusiasm to bring this project to Texoma. In 2009 Georgia Kunz lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma where she was a member of a knitting and crocheting group known as the Knittin' Kittens where she learned about the small crocheted flowers called Hope Blossoms. Kunz decided to enhance the pattern, and the little flowers blossomed into what are now known as cabbage roses.
But it was more than just sharing her knitting and crocheting skills with the public that motivated Kunz. Her sister was victim of abuse, and according to Kunz the desire to give a gift of love, encouragement, and support to those in need, is really the driving force behind her passion for these projects.
"TCOG's Blossoms of HOPE project is one of those that just makes your heart smile," Thomas, Executive Director of TCOG, stated. "These volunteers are offering their time and talents to create beautiful gifts for children and families in need. The auction next week will make some of these gifts available to the public and give folks the opportunity to get a unique, handmade gift and help a very worthy cause at the same time."