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By Edward Grinnan

Guideposts Gatherings

Greetings from sunny (well, semi) Southern California where I am still catching my breath after an intense couple of days, which started back in New York with a pilgrimage to the new Yankee Stadium Wednesday night to watch the home team wrap up the World Series in six games (don't hate me Yankee haters, my loyalties were mixed: I was born in Philly but have lived more years in New York than anywhere). 

I guess it was about the seventh inning when I lost my voice, not a good thing because I have to give a talk today here at Dana Point. Of course I had to stay around and watch the victory celebration on the field, and feel a part of it (all true fans feel that they are a part of the winning effort).  

It was 1:30 a.m. before I got home Thursday morning. I hadn't packed yet, the car was coming to take me to the airport in four hours, and Millie wanted to go for a walk. That left no time for sleep.

But I made it out here and I wouldn't have missed it for the world. We're having a GUIDEPOSTS Gathering, an annual celebration with some of the most loyal and generous supporters of GUIDEPOSTS and its activities. GUIDEPOSTS is a not-for-profit company and we depend not just on our subscribers for their support but on the generosity of all the people who donate to our outreach programs. We distribute free nearly 10 million books, magazines and other literature annually to people in need, from hospitals and shelters to the military and their families here and overseas (right now we are sending booklets to our chaplain partners at Fort Hood). We also distribute Comfort Kits to sick and hospitalized children, as well as our sweater program which we administer with our partners at World Vision. GUIDEPOSTS readers have knitted a half million sweaters for needy children all over the world. OurPrayer, our prayer outreach, answers a million prayers requests annually by name and need through a global network of prayer vounteers.

One thing I regret, though, is having to skip our refresher workshop being held in Rye, New York, this weekend for graduates of our Writers Workshop program. The workshoppers are the editorial lifeblood of our magazines, telling their own stories in our pages as well as helping us find other powerful stories of hope and inspiration throughout the country.  

It's fitting, I guess, that these two events are happening at the same time. Inspiring content and financial support are what makes GUIDEPOSTS go. Thanks to all of you who give.

Now if only my voice would come back! 

 

Edward Grinnan is Editor-in-Chief and Vice President of GUIDEPOSTS Publications.

Edward Grinnan is Editor-in-Chief and Vice President of Guideposts Publications. Edward lives in New York City with two blondes—his wife, Julee, and Golden Retriever, Millie, who has been featured in his blog and popular videos. Edward loves cycling, hiking with Millie at his house in the Berkshire Hills and Wolverines that hail from Michigan.

If you need a little boost of inspiration, pick up a copy of Edward's book The Promise of Hope: How True Stories of Hope and Inspiration Saved My Life and How They Can Transform Yours.

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I am looking for the pattern to knit sweaters that was used by Guideposts for Knit for Kids. This was back quite a few years ago. I have lost my pattern. I have the one for World Vision but it is a little different and I prefer the one from Guideposts. If you could e-mail it to me, I would really appreciate it.
Thanks, Aura Kay Miller

I'm sorry, Aura, but with World Vision now overseeing that project, we haven't a pattern to send you. Perhaps they have more than one pattern to offer you? (Just a thought -- I have no idea if that's the case.)

Can you help me find the sweater pattern used for the sweater program for kids with the details of how to participate in the program? Thanks!

Becky, that question is answered below. Just scroll down a bit.

I am looking for the sweater patterns and the address they should be sent to? Why is this hard to find?

If it's the Knit for Kids project you're asking about, that's now under the aegis of WorldVision. You can find more information about that here: http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/getinvolved/knit-for-kids

I lost my pattern for the sweaters that are knitted for children in other countries. It is a pattern that is for either boy or girl and I believe it the one referenced in the article. I would appreciate it if you could email the pattern. It was in Guideposts a few years ago.

Thank you.

Margaret -

When you receive the pattern, could you forward it to my e-mail? I would appreciate it greatly as I, too, have misplaced my copy. Thank you so very much. Lexie