Happy New Year! Hope
you had a great 2013. As a chapter, we sure did. We made nearly 6000 blankets – that’s a lot
of comfort and support spread across our county for children in crisis. Thanks for helping us make such a huge
difference in the lives of so many children and families.
*** IMPORTANT DATE *** This Saturday - January 11, 2014
Reminder, our meeting this month is being held during our
Make a Blanket Day this Saturday at Valley Church (10885 N. Stelling Rd
· The MABD is 9am to 3pm; the meeting (including
show’n’tell) will start at 10:30am.
· (Optional potluck lunch at Noon – bring a dish to share
if you’d like to partake in the lunch.)
· Parking - - - drive all the way to the back of the
property and park behind the large building (the Activities Center) where we
will be making blankets. Sewing machines and supplies can be brought in the
back door by the parking.
· Quilters – bring your sewing machines, rotary cutters and
· Knitters/crocheters – bring your crochet hooks and
· Fleece blanketeers – bring sharp, fabric scissors if you
have them and 1-1/2 yards of fleece per blanket you plan to make (we will have
small samples for teaching the skip-stitch method)
· Everyone - remember to bring your empty ink cartridges
for us to recycle for rewards at Staples!
· We will need help transporting the sorted and bagged
blankets back to storage after the event – please let me or Barb know if you
can help us with this. Thanks!
· Hope to see you there for fun time blanketeering!
In December we received donations of 538 beautiful handmade blankets and
we distributed 567 blankets – another big month! These blankets will be given to
children in need through Eastside Public Health, Evelyn Cox Agency, Indian
Health Center, 4 individuals, Kaiser Hospital – NICU and Pediatrics, O’Connor Hospital
– NICU and Pediatrics, Regional Medical Center, San Jose Family Shelter, San
Jose Social Services, School Health Clinics, St. Joseph’s and Valley Medical
Center. The total number of blankets made by our chapter to date is 55,521.
Project Linus Headquarters has announced a $100,000
challenge from Stella Lighting for 2014.
This is an amazingly generous commitment – see details at www.projectlinus.org.
We earned nearly $140 in December alone thanks to all of
you that went to Amazon.com from our web site for your holiday shopping. In
2013 we earned over $400. It all adds up
to more blanket making supplies. Thanks for participating in this program.
Thanks to Safe Place Storage and Willow Glen Storage for
providing us another year of free storage lockers. This extra space makes it
possible for us to manage our supplies and blankets. If you have storage needs, please consider
these two generous companies. We also
thank Safe Place Storage for including our MABD notices in their January e-newsletter.
»»»» We still need help at the Monday January 20, 2014 – the
Oshman Family JCC is holding their annual Mitzpah Day, which has included
Project Linus fleece blanket making for a few years now. Linda Taylor and Deb Bragen have volunteered
but WE NEED ONE MORE PERSON PLEASE. The event is 9am-11am with set-up at 8:30am.
Please contact me if you can help with
this event. (firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-252-1858)
Do you want to save 25-30% on your printer ink purchases
and support the chapter at the same time? To help us keep our Staples Rewards program going (and earning us up to $200
per month in credits), not only do we need empty ink and toner cartridges year
round, but we also need to purchase a minimum of $30 in ink or toner at Staples
twice a year for each rewards account we have there (10). So if you anticipate needing ink, PLEASE
CONTACT ME (Sharon, email@example.com or 408-252-1858), and let me know which ink you need and
I’ll purchase it for you at a discount and you can pay the chapter. It’s easy
and the chapter benefits greatly from this program. Thank you!
If you haven’t already done so, mark your calendar for
our February meeting / National Make A Blanket Day – Saturday February 22 (Good
Samaritan Episcopal Church 15040 Union Ave SJ, formerly St. Edward’s – our
‘regular’ location for the annual MABD), 9am-3pm. Our monthly meeting will be held at 10:30am.
Come join us for just the meeting or the whole day (there will be an optional
potluck lunch – if you plan to partake, then bring a good lunch food to share).
On February 22nd, we plan to have a ‘weighted blanket’ project available for
our quilters (blankets for autistic children.) You can see a sample at our
January meeting. Instructions for
weighted blankets can be found at Lili's Hug instructions and Weighted
Blanket Instructions by Cheryl Hughes.
February we are also featuring Skip-stitch blankets. If you crochet (or would like to learn) and
haven’t tried this fun way of edging fleece with your favorite colors and
patterns of stitches, check out the PL You Tube link Skip-Stitch Demonstration and give it a try. We have some small samples of fleece
available (already with the holes punched). You can pick one up at the meetings
or from Barb’s, Mary Kelly’s or my drop-off box starting next week. We also have the Skip-stitch blades available
for purchase ($12) – they fit in to a standard rotary cutter handle. Let me know if you’d like one.
We have a new
opportunity looking for a volunteer – we need someone to check Freecycle,
Craig’s List and Facebook for free yarn and fabric for the chapter on a regular
basis (and post requests on our behalf).
If you can help us with this, please contact me (Sharon).
Thanks as always for
being blanketeers and helping our chapter provide snuggly comfort to local
children in crisis or need through the wonderful blankets you make
Sharon (firstname.lastname@example.org, 408-252-1858)
and Barb (email@example.com, 408-295-2287)
P.S. Reminder, Barb will be ‘off
duty’ from Project Linus starting January 27 for a couple weeks – feel free to
contact me, Sharon, with all your PL questions during that time.