March 2017 Newsletter

 

Hello blanketeers! 

I’m looking forward to seeing you this Saturday March 4th at this year’s annual Make a Blanket Day.  I hope you’ve marked your calendar for this great event.  As usual it will be 9am-3pm at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church (20920 McClellan Rd Cupertino CA 95014) with our ‘February/March monthly meeting’ at 11am and our potluck lunch at noon. Bring your own projects or work on a quilt kit, knit or crochet blankets or work with fleece. (Fleece pieces will be available for purchase.) It’s a great opportunity to earn community service hours for students.  We look forward to seeing you thereWe are in need of helpers to set up on Friday afternoon 3pmPLEASE let me know if you can help (sjlinus@comcast.net  / 408-252-1858). Barb & I need your help - thanks in advance! 

 

As you may have heard, our very own Sylvie Le Clair WON the Gracie’s Get Well Garden mystery quilt contest sponsored by PLHQ!  Congratulations Sylvie!  Her prize was a new Janome sewing machine.  Wow! Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest voting and thanks to Gerri and Sylvie for representing our chapter in the contest.

 

We wrapped up 2016 with the following results: 6792 blankets were donated to us and 7097 blankets were given to our recipients (December’s numbers were 396 received and 977 distributed). We’re off to a good start in January (619 received and 555 distributed).  Well done!  These donations went to: Alum Rock Counseling Center, CASA, CPS Receiving Center, El Camino Hospital – NICU, Gilroy Social Services, Good Samaritan Hospital – NICU, JCC-Los Gatos, JW House, KAPFA, Kaiser Hospital – Pediatrics and NICU, Lucille Packard Hospital -  El Camino, Migrant Education Program, O’Connor Hospital – Pediatrics and NICU, Parents Helping Parents, Public Health, Regional Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House, San Jose Family Shelter, San Jose Social Services, School Health Clinics and Valley Medical Center. Total through January 2017 -  75,378!

 

We received this very special thank you email and I wanted to share it with you, as it sums up so beautifully why we do what we do…

Hello Project Linus, Recently, my 17 month old son underwent his 4th cranial surgery in 2 1/2 months at LPCH. It's been a trying time for our entire family, but especially for our little fighter, Finn. We were lucky enough to get into the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford during my son's last hospital stay. When we received our welcome tote, I could not believe we were also getting the beautiful quilt inside!! My mom and I laid it out and admired the hard work, care and love that was put into it. Receiving this gift for my son brought some joy to us during a very dark time. I can't thank the maker, Betsy B., enough. I hope she is able to know how much this quilt is going to be used and loved. Warm Regards, Dana N.

 

We have a small and very dedicated group of drop-off site liaisons who do the majority of our quality checking and many of the repairs - labeling - tagging when needed. Sometimes the donations come in huge ‘waves’ and it can be overwhelming.  We are asking for volunteers to sign up to be ‘on call’ to assist our liaisons, when they need some extra help with mountains of incoming blankets. If you would be able to help out in this way, please let me/Sharon know and I’ll connect you with a liaison in your area. 

 

Thanks to Vicki Fields and Bon Appetit Management Company for printing 1500 brochures for us.  Also thanks to DeAnza Lions Club who had their own MABD & made 77 blankets.

 

Remember the TAPS Good Grief Camp is coming up, so if you’d like to make a Red, white and blue blanket for that special event, please have your blanket turned in no later than April 28th. (They have enough baby blankets – toddler, child and teen sizes are needed.)

Also if you’d like to make a contribution toward the shipping charges, you can send your donations to me/Sharon (Staples gift cards are preferred as we ship through UPS there.)

 

The eSCRIP program (which took over the SHARES card program last year – for shopping at Lucky, Savemart and FOODMAXX) earned us over $500 in just 8 months last year with just 14 blanketeers participating!! We need to get more blanketeers (and friend and family) signed up again, especially if you used our SHARES card in the past. Just go to www.scrip.com/SHARES and sign up for our chapter. If you don’t want to do it directly online, just send me your first and last name, email address, zip code and phone # that you’ll associate with your membership (that’s all you need at the store). I’ll sign you up then you just need to confirm it online (you’ll get an email from eSCRIP.) It’s that simple!  Let me know if you have any questions about this great program.

 

Here are a few links that have been shared by other chapter coordinators that I thought might be of interest:

***Braided edge fleece blankets instructions (as requested at the last meeting)

http://awoman2008.blogspot.com.ar/2012/01/easy-no-sew-fleece-blanket-edging.html

http://www.piecesbypolly.com/2010/12/braided-fleece-blankets-tutorial.html

*** Link for health benefits of knitting

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/01/25/the-health-benefits-of-knitting/?_r=1

*** New chrome plated sewing needles

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ProjectLinusCoordinators/permalink/1334106633329926/

*** Make a double potholder with handles – with scraps

http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2016/06/make-double-pot-holder-hand-pockets.html

 

We’d like to thank all the blanketeers and local retailers who provide drop-off location services for our chapter year round.  Please be sure to let them know how much we appreciate their support. See the list on our web site at www.sjlinus.org under Drop-off Locations for details on addresses and hours:

- San Jose: Mary Kelly’s home, Beverly’s Fabrics, JoAnn Fabrics, Green Planet Yarn,

            Ray’s Sewing Machine Center, Sewing and Vacuum Center

- Sunnyvale: Helen Farnham’s home

- Cupertino: Sharon Lee’s home, JoAnn Fabrics

- Morgan Hill: JoAnn Fabrics, Quilts and Things

- Gilroy: The Nimble Thimble

- Salinas: JoAnn Fabrics

 

Thank you blanketeers and all of our supporters that help in so many ways - it’s with your help that we are able to provide comfort and support to thousands of local children in need each year. Hope to see you at the Make a Blanket Day or a Sew Day or meeting soon.

                                                                                                           

Sharon (sjlinus@comcast.net 408-252-1858) and Barb (sjlinus@gmail.com 408-295-2287)