July 2017 Newsletter


Hello Blanketeers! 


Hope your summer’s off to a great start.  We thank you so much for your continued support during the warmer months, as the need for ‘comfort blankets’ continues year round as you know. 


In May we received 529 blankets and we distributed 595 blankets through: CASA, CPS Receiving Center, El Camino Hospital NICU, Good Samaritan Hospital-NICU, Indian Health Center, KAFPA, Kaiser Hospital – Pediatrics and NICU, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at El Camino, O’Connor Hospital – Pediatrics and NICU, Public Health, Regional Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House, San Jose Family Shelter, San Jose Social Services and TAPS. Our chapter total to date is 77, 574!


We received a couple thank-you’s this month that I wanted to share with you – thank you, everyone!

* Sharon L. - Thank you for the beautiful blanket we received from Project Linus! Our daughter was in the NICU at Kaiser Santa Clara, and she was given this blanket as we left. It is a great reminder of the love, tenderness and warmth that all of us received at the NICU. Have a blessed day!  Matt

* Thanks Elizabeth and all of the volunteers that make these great blankets.  Mitzi Phillips, MSN, RN - Assistant Patient Care Manager Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at El Camino

* Thank you for your kind donation of 40 blankets to Child Advocates of Silicon Valley.  As you know, Child Advocates of Silicon Valley recruits, trains and supports volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to work with children in the foster care system. The CASA attends to the child’s critical educational and emotional needs and ensures that their voice is heard as they navigate the Santa Clara County dependency court system.

Life for children placed in foster is filled with many uncertainties and disappointments. Your contribution will help Child Advocates provide a CASA who, as part of the child’s team, can provide the consistency and dependability that all children need to thrive.  Thank you for supporting our community, for ensuring that every foster child has the opportunity to become a healthy, independent adult.  Best regards, Karen Scussel, Executive Director www.BeMyAdvocate.org

 HELP NEEDED IN JULY! We recently found out that we will again be supporting Camp Corral (http://www.campcorral.org) at the YMCA Camp in Pescadero this year. The camp start date is August 6, so we will need an extra 100 single-layer, tied fleece blankets this month (see our instructions on our website www.sjlinus.org at this link http://sjlinus.org/Documents/ProjectLinus-FleeceBlanketInstructions111513.pdf . If you can help by making few extra tied fleece blankets, please let me know how many you plan to make  (sjlinus@comcast.net or 408-252-1858) so I can be sure we have enough ready by the end of the month, preferably by BAGGING DAY Thursday July 27. We do have some extra fleece that’s been donated recently, so if you’d like to stop by and pick some up (11061 S Stelling Rd Cupertino), contact me to set up a time Wed. July 7 – Friday July 9. If you’ve never made a tied fleece blanket and would like to learn this easy blanket style, let me know and I’m happy to show you how. Thanks in advance for your support of this special request. Renee Jones and Sandy Crane will be delivering that blankets for us again this year.


Saratoga Retirement Community hosted their annual Project Linus luncheon last week, where they presented 38 beautiful knit and crocheted afghans to Mary and me. We thank them for hosting this annual event (with champagne!) as well as for all their years of support. In addition to the blankets they donate to us each year, the members of their handicraft group, Stitch’n’things, make blankets which they sell through their store on site, with 100% of the proceeds going to our chapter. They’ve already donated over $400 this year. Thank you so much!


Remember that our July meeting will be later than usual - on Tuesday July 25th at 1pm at Mary Kelly’s house (1366 Milton Way San Jose 95125). We look forward to seeing blankets made from our challenges last month (including 5” black crocheted squares, Kid Gang cotton/acrylic mix yarn, 10” knit and crocheted squares, plain fleece needing appliques) as well as all the other lovely blankets shown during Show-n-Tell. All are welcome to attend.  We will also have some ‘fleece kits’, quilt kits and some acrylic yarn for the choosing.


I hope to have our June blanket numbers for the meeting – Barb is tallying them for us, and will send them when she has wifi again. J

Reminder, Barb is on vacation now until November or December. In the meantime, if you need batting, contact Linda Cortez (savsgram@aim.com) or quilt backing fabric, contact Norma Bauman (nlbauman@earthlink.net).

Please note Mary (‘til July 19), Barb (‘til Nov-Dec) and I (July 8-16) will all be on vacation in early July, so if you send an email or leave a phone message or text, responses will be delayed. Mary’s and my drop-off boxes will be checked by our house sitters, so feel free to continue to drop off blankets during those times.


Hope to see you at our next chapter meeting July 25th at 1pm and thanks for working on the tied fleece blankets needed by the end of the month. Thank you all for everything you do for Project Linus – helping us comfort and support local children in need.  


Sharon (and Barb – on vacation until November or December)

sjlinus@comcast.net   (sjlinus@gmail.com)



P.S. Remember to use our eScrip account at Lucky and SAVEMART (linked to your phone number when you join --- or use my # 408-252-1858 anytime) as well as ALWAYS begin your Amazon shopping on our website www.sjlinus.org and click on Shop at Amazon – each of these programs makes money for our chapter so we can buy more blanket-making supplies without costing you an extra cent!  And they are so easy to use!! If you have questions about either of these programs, let me know. (sjlinus@comast.net or 408-252-1858)