January 2014 Newsletter / 2013 Summary


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 Cupertino). 

·      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 rulers, etc.

·      Knitters/crocheters – bring your crochet hooks and knitting needles

·      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. (sjlinus@comcast.net 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, sjlinus@comcast.net 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 (sjlinus@comcast.net, 408-252-1858)

and Barb (sjlinus@gmail.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.