Summer 2013 Summary/Newsletter
Happy Summertime Blanketeers! We had a great meeting and Make A Blanket
Day on Saturday, August 3rd at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church in Campbell.
We had over 25 blanketeers there (including 5 new folks!). The potluck
lunch was delicious and we got lots of good work done as well as lots
of visiting with fellow blanketeers. As of that day, Trish Bellamy and
Beth Metcalf have generously taken over the blanket sorting and bagging
responsibility from Barb and they had their first sorting/bagging
session there as well. The next sorting/bagging day will be this Saturday August 24 at Mary Kelly's house at 9:30am.
So if you have blankets finished and ready to turn in, please drop
them off at any of our drop-off locations (see our web site www.sjlinus.org for the current locations) BY THIS WEDNESDAY so they can be included.
In July, we received donations of 341 beautiful handmade blankets and we
distributed 443 blankets to children in need through Eastside Public
Health, El Camino Hospital NICU, KAPFA, Kaiser Hospital – NICU and
Pediatrics, O'Connor Hospital – NICU and Pediatrics, Regional Medical
Center, Ronald McDonald House, San Jose Social Services, Stanford –
Child Life Services, TAPS and Valley Medical Center. The total number of
blankets made by our chapter to date is 53,199.
Here's some other chapter news to share with you…
1. Your current JoAnn's VIP discount cards will expire at the end of
August. They are mailing new cards this year. If you have not received
a new card by the end of August, you can go online and register at www.joann.com/VIP.
You'll need a Project Linus membership card to take to the store with
their card, so if you need one, let me know and I'll get you one.
2. At the May meeting, I presented a list of jobs that Barb and I have
determined we need help with, to enable us to continue in our roles as
chapter coordinator and assistant chapter coordinator and balance our
time commitments to our families. Thanks to those who stepped up and
accepted some of those positions – we really appreciate it! We have a
few more to offer this month. Most are one year assignments (with an
option to extend ☺ ) and training is available. Please review the list
below and let me know where you are able to help. Thanks for
considering these positions.
a. Palo Alto Blanket Drop-off Location (home or business)
b. Milpitas Blanket Drop-off Location (home or business)
c. Grant writer
d. Help create folders for high school counselors to introduce Project Linus as a
community service project, and mail these folders to local high schools
e. Use one of our STAPLES Rewards # when you purchase ink at Staples
(min. $35 every 6 months) to keep our accounts active & giving us $20/month
in store credit we have 10 accounts – the next purchases are needed
f. Make a Blanket Day leader (for local groups e.g. Lions Club, corporate events, high school honor societies)
Here's are some heart-warming thank-you's we received:
*** "Recently I was in the hospital at Kaiser in Santa Clara, and I
received one of your blankets. I thought it was very nice for you to
have such a program and to give these blankets to children who are sick.
My blanket is much appreciated. Thank you. Zack J."
*** From PL HQ: "Hi Everyone, We received the following e-mail at HQ
from someone who did not identify their chapter area. Feel free to share
it with your volunteers.
I received a Project Linus blanket when I was twelve, back in 2007. To
this day it brings me lots of comfort and I couldn't sleep without it.
Now that I'm older, I really appreciate all the kind hands that went
into making my blanket. Thank you for what you do, it truly helped me
Our next meeting will be Tuesday September 24 at 7pm at Mary Kelly's house (1366 Milton Way San Jose 95125). We hope you
can join us to meet other blanketeers and share blanketeering ideas.
(Show `n Tell is the best part of the meeting!) Thanks as always for
being blanketeers and helping our chapter support and comfort local
children in need.
Sharon (firstname.lastname@example.org, 408-252-1858)
and Barb (email@example.com, 408-295-2287)
P.S. Remember to continue using your Lucky/SAVEMART S.H.A.R.E.S. cards, as well as starting your AMAZON.COM orders through our sjlinus.org web site AMAZON link and finally, saving your empty ink cartridges for
us to recycle for Rewards credits at STAPLES. These year-round fund
raising efforts support our chapter tremendously. Any questions about
these – just ask me or Barb!
P.P.S. This month, we'll close with a little `blanket humor' (from Handi Quilter) ☺ …
Again, hope to see you on Tuesday September 24th 7pm at Mary's for our next meeting and PLEASE DROP OFF ANY FINISHED
BLANKETS BY THIS WEDNESDAY August 21 so we can have them for our next
sorting and bagging session.
Thanks to all you wonderful blanketeers – you make such a difference to the children we serve and their families.
UFO: UnFinished Objects
WIP: Work In Process
PHD: Projects Half Done
PIG: Project In Grocery-bag
WOMBAT: Waste Of Money, Batting And Time
NESTY: Not Even Started Yet
PFC: Professional Fabric Collector
STABLE: Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy