Happy Springtime and Happy Mother’s Day to those mothers among
us. We are looking forward to a great meeting this Tuesday evening May 12 at
7pm at the home of Mary Kelly (1366 Milton Way San Jose). Our next meeting will be June 9th at 7pm. Mark your calendar for both! We’re looking at have daytime
meetings in July and maybe August too. All are welcome to come and share
blanketeering ideas with other blanketeers, pick up a ‘challenge’ project or
two, maybe a quilt kit, some donated yarn or help with a small project we’ll
have that evening. As always we’ll have
variety of blankets that are
our numbers for April – another strong month – helping lots of children! 610 blankets were received and 526 blankets
distributed. Our chapter total to date is 64,017. This month we gave blankets
to: CASA, CPS Receiving Center, Good Samaritan Hospital NICU, KAPFA, Kaiser
Hospital – NICU and Pediatrics, O’Connor Hospital – NICU and Pediatrics, Public
Health, Regional Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House, San Jose Family
Shelter, San Jose Social Services, School Health Clinics, and Valley Medical
your generosity in producing red, white and blue blankets of all types this
spring, we are shipping 125 blankets to the TAPS Good Grief Camp on Memorial
Day this year. Barb McLean, the Project
Linus focal point for this event sends a huge THANK YOU! An additional thanks to all who turned in
their empty ink cartridges this month. It looks like we should have enough to cover the UPS shipping costs of
all the TAPS boxes. That will save us
hundreds of dollars (that we can spend on blanket making supplies instead!) J
saying ‘Bon Voyage’ to Barb for the summer soon. She and Greg have another
awesome itinerary planned. We wish them safe travels and we’ll miss them.
Barb’s been working extra hard this spring getting things ready for us during
her time away. We appreciate the extra effort. Barb will be ‘off duty’ from
Project Linus daily business from June 1 – September 30. She has got a great
line up of blanketeers backing her up in some of her usual assignments
including Linda Cortez (email@example.com or 408-985-7788) who will have the batting and Norma Bauman (firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-266-7244)
who will have access to the quilt backing fabric, will bring quilt kits to the
meetings and will be accepting incoming fabric donations. Deb Bragen and Sandy
Crane will continue to host our Sew Days monthly (see our website for details www.sjlinus.org) and Sharon Warren and Lynn
Levi are our ‘yarn mavens’ and will have yarn and ‘skip-stitch fleece &
yarn’ bundles at the meetings when we get those donations.
Thank you for all
sorting/bagging teams met last Saturday for teaming and training. It was a great day and we processed a HUGE
number of blankets. We thank all the new
sorters/baggers for stepping up and we got enough volunteers that we will be
having 2 teams so they can alternate months. This is GREAT! Trish Bellamy will
lead our Saturday team and Sandy Crane
will lead the ‘week day’ team. The teams will be sorting within a few days of
each monthly meeting so please be sure to get your blankets to your drop off
locations, or to me or Mary by
the meeting date if you want them to be included in the monthly sorting. Our
next sorting/bagging day will be May 28 at 9am for our “week day sorting team”
so please turn in your blankets before that date to be included.
reminded of a couple things during sorting that most you already know but we do
have new blanketeers all the time, so I mention such things periodically:
#1 Please tie a knot (not a bow) in
the string of your blanket tags. Bows
come undone and the tags are lost, so please use a knot (and let the string
hang loosely around the cloth label).
#2 Please be sure to select appropriate fabric
and fleece patterns relative to the size of the blanket you’re making.
We’ve been receiving 2 yard long fleece blankets with baby or very young child
patterns, and that probably won’t interest many teens… thanks for remembering
SHARES card donation for the first quarter of the year was $336. So keep using
your SHARES cards at Lucky, SaveMart and FoodMaxx supermarkets. If you need a
card, let me know (email@example.com or 408-252-1858) and I’ll get you one. We earn up to 3% of the purchase total and it helps! Note: Lucky has just started another program
called LuckyOne. I called the SHARES
program and they assured me that the SHARES card is supposed to still work at Lucky
stores, but there seems to be a glitch in the system right now as the new
program is starting up. (Note: Only one card will work for a given
transaction.) If you have problems using your SHARES card, keep your receipt
and we can mail it to SHARES to get credit. Sorry for the temporary
inconvenience with this program but we’ve been averaging $450 a quarter so I
think it’s worth it.
reminder about another fundraiser we have – shop at Amazon from our web site www.sjlinus.org) Click on the Amazon link on
our home page and again, you’re making a donation to our chapter without adding
a penny to your purchase cost. It’s
another simple way to be a big help to the chapter. Remind your family and
friends about this easy way to help Project Linus. (If you’d like one of our “5
Easy Ways to help Project Linus” cards, let me know and I can mail you one or
some to share with others. SHARES, Amazon and many other ideas are included on
this eye-catching handout.
received an offer of an older zigzag sewing machine in a lovely wood cabinet.
If any one can use this, please contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-252-1858).
also looking for an outlet for fabric donations that we receive but cannot use
in our own blankets (eg polyester, non-child friendly patterns, etc). If you
know of anyone who can use them, again please contact me (email@example.com or 408-252-1858).
always, we are grateful for your support, helping us provide comfort and
security to children in crisis and need through your generous gifts of handmade
blankets and blanket making supplies/donations for our chapter.
Sharon (firstname.lastname@example.org, 408-252-1858) and
Barb (email@example.com), 408-295-2287