Featured Volunteer Carol O’Neill
Aloha to Carol O’Neill, a wonderful woman who earns the June Spotlight as TPP’s Michigan Volunteer. She has faced tough personal challenge, taken the lemons that life has handed her and made delightful lemonade. And while someone less strong with less spirit and passion might have been daunted, Carol makes it all happen with grace and style.
You would never know it but our Michigan Spotlighted Volunteer just turned seventy years young. Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in New Jersey, Carol spent most of her married life in Virginia. When her husband died from a sudden heart attack in 1996, her world changed in an instant. Three years later she met a widower online. After six months and lots of long distance phone calls, she went to Hawaii to visit him and that visit turned into a permanent stay. Carol is now semi-retired, working as a freelance copy editor for Penguin Books.
Carol is a multi-talented knitter and crocheter and loves making matched sets of crocheted caps and knitted booties. She’s also knit bereavement sacques for preemies and is a valued contributor to TPP fundraisers. Every item is sent with blessings and lots of aloha!!
Hawaii does not have much of a tradition of or appreciation for knitting or crocheting so Carol went hunting for an organization that could use those crafted items which she loves creating. TPP was chosen because it seemed so well organized and because of its good work. Carol started contributing to the Michigan chapter since she lived in Dearborn in the early 1960’s and has such fond memories of that time.
This extraordinary woman finds four or five hours just about every evening to create her beautiful treasures while she is usually watching television. (She loves baseball). And she finds enormous pleasure in being helpful to TPP’s tiny babies while creating crafts that provide her with so much enjoyment. Her giving spirit, her terrific determination to meet difficult personal challenges and to grow from them and her talented creativity combine to make Carol O’Neill one terrific woman and one incredible volunteer for TPP.