Final Newsletter 2016

 

                       Hello Blanketeers! 

 

     The holidays are upon us and we will soon be wrapping up another year of blanketeering. This newsletter includes the results for October and November plus a few updates and thank-you’s to share before our FINAL MEETING OF THE YEARTHIS TUESDAY at NOON.  It’s our annual holiday meeting with a potluck so bring a favorite holiday food to share.  It will be held at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church again this year (15040 Union Ave. San Jose 95124, just off the Union Ave. exit of Hwy 85).  A SPECIAL REQUEST – if you participated in the PLHQ Mystery Quilt Challenge this year, please bring your quilt (finished or in process) to share.  Also if you can help us set up at 11:15am, please let me know (Sharon sjlinus@comcast.net or 408-252-1858) – we need a few folks to assist us. THANKS!!

 

* In the months of October and November we received 698 / 649 blankets and distributed 483 / 919 blankets (and to date we’ve already given out over 500 blankets this month as well).  Our blanket recipient groups for these months (October through December to date) were AACI Asian Women’s Home, AACI Survivors of Torture, Alum Rock Counseling Center, CASA, CPS Receiving Center, El Camino Hospital – NICU, Evelyn Cox Agency, First5Kids, Good Samaritan Hospital – NICU, JW House (new, similar to Ronald McDonald House but for Kaiser), KAPFA, Kaiser Hospital – NICU and Pediatrics, Lucille Packard – El Camino Hospital, Migrant Education Program (new group) O’Connor Hospital – NICU and Pediatrics, Parents Helping Parents, Project Sanctuary, Public Health, Regional Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House, San Jose Family Shelter, San Jose Social Services. School Health Clinics, Unity Care and Valley Medical Center. The total number of blankets donated through November 2016 by our chapter is 74,197.

 

* We had a great Make a Blanket Day in November.  I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did. Thanks to all who participated and a special thanks to those who helped set up (Gerri, Kathy W., Elizabeth and Stephen, Jacquelyn, Theresa, Bill, Barb and Greg), those who made sample quilts for the kits provided that day (Norma and Linda B.) as well as those who stayed and cleaned up after the event (including Kristi W.) and helped us transport to Mary’s house the hundreds of finished blankets turned in that day (Deb B.).

 

* We have received a number of thank-you’s this fall. We try to post them all on our web site so take a look there for more details (eg CASA and Good Samaritan Hospital). I’m sharing a few here, so you all can be reminded that your work makes a difference and is greatly appreciated…

 

   Hi. This is Eric A., Marilyn's son. This is the 4 year anniversary of moms passing. Our daughter Sarah has been suffering with an eating disorder for almost 4 years. She was recently back in El Camino hospital for a few weeks where she received a blanket from project Linus. I can't help thinking that mom was trying to send her granddaughter some comfort. Thank you. If there is anything I can do to help your cause, please let me know.  Thank you.  (Sharon’s note: Marilyn was a dear friend of my family and an avid quilter. Her family generously donated part of her ‘stash’ / fabric to our chapter as well as designated our chapter for donations in her memory. She continues to give through the quilts made from her fabrics by our blanketeers.)

 

(From Sharon) I got a call from the grandmother of a baby born at Kaiser to thank us for a blanket her grandchild received.  The grandmother lives on the east coast and doesn’t get to visit her grandbaby much, but she was touched by the gift we provided and she wanted to give back for our generosity.  She will be out here visiting for Christmas and will bring a blanket that she is making for our chapter.  She had called to see what blanket type/size we needed most.

 

Dear Project Linus, Thank for your donation!  Sara T, Family Supportive Housing Staff

 

Thank you very much for the 40 blankets your organization recently donated to Valley Medical Center.  Those blankets will be put to good use.   Your efforts are very much appreciated. Sincerely, VMC Volunteer Board

 

Dear Sharon, Barbara and Project Linus Volunteers, On behalf of the Nurses and Babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit @ Kaiser Santa Clara, we would like to thank you so much for the beautiful blankets you donate to us.  They are really appreciated!!  Thank you for all your hard work!  Best wishes, NICU Team, Kaiser Santa Clara

           

* We’d like to offer special thanks to JoAnn Snyder who is retiring from our Thursday bagging/sorting team.  JoAnn was helped our chapter in so many ways over the years and we appreciate all she has done for us.  She will continue to deliver blankets to Kaiser Santa Clara and make blankets for us. Thank you, JoAnn!

 

* We are getting an additional $800 from the IBM Volunteer Opportunity Council (a corporate council on which I serve) this year. They provide grants to fund the fleece for our IBM Make a Blanket Days each year and this year there were funds left so we got extra. We also received a $150 donation from Bay Area Mavericks. HURRAY!  That helped us with the big shopping days at JoAnn’s annual sales around Thanksgiving. Thanks to Becky, Norma and Barb for getting us some great bargains on supplies we need year around.  We are also receiving a grant from Apple for the hours worked by Sheela Sreekanth. Apple will donate $25 per employee hour volunteered. If you or any other PL volunteer you know of works for Apple or other generous companies with a similar policy, please encourage them to take the time to make a request on our behalf. The employee just needs to provide the # of hours and charity information to the company. And remember donations can be made online at www.projectlinus.org anytime – do specify San Jose, CA chapter.

 

* Thanks also to all who are remembering to use our web site link when you shop at Amazon, helping us earn funds for more blanket making supplies.  We can earn up to 8% on every purchase (depending on the merchandise category). (Please use this approach, not Amazon Smile – Smile only earns ½% and it goes to PLHQ, not our chapter.) Ask your friends and family to help us out in this simple way. PLEASE click through to Amazon from our web site at www.sjlinus.org every time you shop there or use this link:  Shop at Amazon.com and earn $ for our chapter.

 

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

1. When making cotton quilts, please be sure to include an inner layer (eg batting, fleece or flannel) between the cotton layers to make the blanket warm enough.

2. When knitting or crocheting blankets, please be sure to use a stitch that is tight enough that little fingers can’t get through it and get stuck in the blanket. It’s a safety concern.

3. We cannot accept blankets made from novelty yarns with metallic threads or dangling pieces – these are health hazards.

4. We print only enough quilt kit instructions for the number of kits we make.  Please do NOT take instructions if you are not taking a kit.

 

As we close the year we want to thank you for being a blanketeer and you all you do for our chapter to help us provide comfort and support to local children in need. Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a blessed new year.

 

Sharon (sjlinus@comcast.net 408-252-1858) and

Barb (sjlinus@gmail.com 408-295-2287)