End March 2017 Newsletter



Hello blanketeers. Happy Spring.

        Hope you’re enjoying all the flowers and blossoms and sunshine. Nice to have it back again, isn’t it!


        In chapter news… We had a great Make a Blanket Day – on Saturday March 4th. Nearly 50 people attended this year. We had lots of different projects going all day long,  a delicious lunch and we got to see the winning Gracie’s Get Well Garden mystery quilt and the prize (the Janome Sewing Machine that Sylvie won).  We had a guest speaker Mike Riccomi - from Akins Collision Centers (Almaden Valley-San Jose & Santa Clara). Mary Kelly had some auto repair work done there and she designated Project Linus as the charity to receive 2% of the cost of the repair work as a donation. Akins will “give back” to your charity of choice.  Mike told us about the two times Project Linus had touched families of the Akins Collision company and the stories warmed our hearts, providing a great reminder of the big difference we can make through our blankets. Thanks for the donation and for sharing those stories, Mike (and Akins Collision Centers).  We also celebrated our chapter’s 75,000th blanket donation (the cake commemorating it was yummy – see a picture of it on our new Facebook page!) - - - YES, we now have a Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/projectlinusSJ/ Check it out and post photos of your blankets, tips for blanketeers, blanket ideas, or just say Hi – let’s have some fun with it.  We will still have our website www.sjlinus.org as the main location of chapter resources (eg drop off locations, meeting details, blanketeer listing, blanket instructions, supporters page, thank you’s listing and much more).


       Our ‘blanket stats’ for February are: 520 blankets donated to us and 417 blankets given to local children through our recipient groups. These blankets went to: CASA, CPS Receiving Center, El Camino Hospital – NICU, JCC-Los Gatos, JW House, KAPFA, Kaiser Hospital – Pediatrics and NICU, Lucille Packard Hospital - El Camino Hospital, O’Connor Hospital – Pediatrics and NICU, Public Health, Regional Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House, San Jose Family Shelter, San Jose Social Services, School Health Clinics and Valley Medical Center. Our chapter total through February 2017 is 75,898 blankets.


We have some new ‘thank-you’s to share:

* Thank you for the security blanket provided by Barron Park Elementary school. -Mitch T., new daddy

* Thanks again everyone! Please pass along my gratitude to all your quilters! – Missy Hyatt, CTRS, Director of Programs and Volunteers – Project Sanctuary

www.projectsanctuary.us  Where Military Families Thrive


       We will be collecting TAPS blankets during April to send to the 23rd annual national Good Grief Camp in Arlington, VA. No baby blankets please – they only need larger ones, especially teens size. (Any combination of red, white and blue (but not ‘one big American flag’, it could remind them of a draped coffin, we’re told) or military organization motifs (re: Army, Navy, Marine, Air Force). If quilters need backing, contact Barb (sjlinus@gmail.com or 408-295-2287). If you’d like to help with the shipping expense, donations would be greatly appreciated. They can be sent to me (Sharon Lee 11061 S Stelling Rd Cupertino CA 95014). For more info about the Good Greif Camp and TAPS, see www.taps.org


       I’m happy to report that I was able to get a $2000 grant from IBM again this year. This will help us provide some more batting and fleece.


       Word of the Day: FABRACADABRA (fab-ruh-kuh-dab-ruh): noun - a mystical word or expression used when fabric magically appears in your stash that you forgot buying, hid under the stairs, or stashed under your bed months ago. 


       Periodically, we mention a few reminders to help keep the chapter running more smoothly.  For this month we’d like to note:

* When you drop off your blankets in plastic bags, please do NOT make knot in the bag itself. Please tie it closed with a bow (not a knot) of fleece selvage, yarn or string. We try to reuse as many bags as we can and it’s nearly impossible to open the plastic knots if the bag itself is used to make a knot.  We often open the bag multiple times (eg check-in, for quality check, and again at bagging day). It takes a lot of time and effort to try to get the plastic knots open. (It may seem silly when you just do one bag, but when you get a lot of bags as we often do, it’d be a big time saver.) Thank you!

* Everyone, always please include a slip of paper with your first and last names and contact info (email, phone and/or mailing address) in the bag with your blanket donations.  We try to give everyone credit for their donations, but without that info we don’t always know who the blankets are from or how to thank you.


Dates to remember:

* Our next meeting will be Tuesday April 11 at 7pm at Mary’s house.

* Our April bagging day is Saturday April 29, so we’ll need your finished blankets –including TAPS blankets - by the 28th.

* Our May meeting will be a daytime meeting, Tuesday May 9th at 1pm.  Mark your calendars.


       Please pass the word along to friends and family!  When spring cleaning, remember to save any extra acrylic yarn, fleece, batting or 100% cotton fabrics in kid-friend patterns for our chapter – we can always use donations like these that others may no longer need (and we provide tax receipts on request). Contact Barb regarding large donations or leave small ones at any of our drop-off locations.


       Thank you so much for being Project Linus blanketeers and supporters. We appreciate everything you do for the chapter, so we can help comfort and support local children in need.


Sharon (sjlinus@comcast.net 408-252-1858) and Barb (sjlinus@gmail.com 408-295-2287


P.S.  I’ve been having trouble with my sjlinus@comcast.net email (since Comcast changed their user interface a few weeks ago). If you have emailed me and you haven’t received a response in a reasonable amount of time, feel free to call (408-252-1858) until I get this straightened out.