Hello Blanketeers! Enjoying
the late rain and recent cool days? It’s great blanketeering weather, isn’t it!
Here are just a few updates before our May
10th daytime meeting tomorrow at Mary’s house (1366 Milton Way San
Jose) – 1pm.
Our numbers for April were
huge – we received 943 blankets (Wow!) and 498 distributed. Our current blanket recipients groups include
AACI Asian Women’s Home, AACI Survivors of Torture, Alum Rock Counseling
Center, Camp Sanctuary, CASA, CPS Receiving Center, El Camino Hospital - NICU,
Evelyn Cox Agency, Family Giving Tree, Gilroy Social Services, Good Samaritan
Hospital – NICU, KAPFA, Kaiser Hospital – NICU and Pediatrics, O’Connor
Hospital – NICU and Pediatrics, Parents Helping Parents, Public Health, Regional
Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House, San Jose Family Shelter, San Jose Social
Services, Unity Care and Valley Medical Center. This brings our chapter total to 70,806 blankets.
Here are a few thank-you’s
we’ve recently received:
* Hello, I was wondering
how I can make and donate blankets. We were just recently in the hospital for a
week with my 9 month old and received a blanket. I love the blanket and would
like to give back now. Please let me know. Thanks! Heather
* Thank you for caring J Martha (it
came with an adorable picture of her newborn)
* Valley Medical Hospital
wishes to thank you for your donations of 3 large blankets. Your gift is so
Sharon Warren (our yarn
maven) will be stepping down at the end of the month. We thank her for service
to the chapter, keeping our yarn organized, bringing some to the meetings ‘for
the taking’ and matching it with fleece for skip-stitching ‘kits’ once a
month. We are in need of someone to take
over this role for us starting in June. Barb or I would love to speak with you,
if you are interested in helping out with, if only for a few months. Please
call us to discuss this topic at (Barb) 408-295-2287 or me 408-252-1858.
As you know, we have two
groups of ‘sorters and baggers’ that take care of these all important functions
every other month (just 6 times in a whole year for each team). We could really use 1 more person for each of
the teams (on last Thursday or last Saturday of the month). Come and help once and see how it works –
we’re guessing you’ll be back! Please contact
Barb (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info.
The next date is Thursday May 26th at 9am (at Mary Kelly’s house).
Also please note our next
meeting will be Tuesday June 14 at Mary's (our usual 2nd Tuesday of
the month) – TIME TO BE CONFIRMED. I will be on my way to National Conference
that day, so Barb will be leading the meeting (just before she leaves for her
summer long travels). All are welcome - come share and see recently made
blankets as well as help with some 'small projects' as we discuss upcoming
chapter activities. We will have some fleece+yarn kits, some quilt kits and
some yarn available, as well as “challenges” and our ‘thank-you raffle’.
We are sending nearly 100 blankets
this year to the TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) Good Grief
Camp on Memorial Day in Arlington Virginia. Thank you for the wonderful
response of red, white and blue blankets! Our Staples Rewards will cover over half of the cost this year J. If you would like to make a donation to help cover
the rest of the shipping costs (estimated at $150), please send a check made
out to Project Linus to me (Sharon Lee 11061 S Stelling Rd Cupertino CA 95014).
As always, thanks for your
wonderful support. Together our chapter
has brought comfort, support and smiles to over 70,000 children. Thank you for
being a part of this great group of caring blanketeers.
Hope to see you soon at a
meeting or a Sew Day (more details available on our website www.sjlinus.org).