May 2014 Newsletter

 

 

Hello fellow blanketeers!

      With the high temperatures this week, it may be a challenge to think of warm, cuddly blankets, but you’ve been turning them in in great numbers still and we appreciate it!  The need for comfort and support is always in season. J Thanks so much! We’ll be sorting and bagging blankets next weekend for distribution, so please turn in your finished blankets soon.

      With your generous support, our blanket count continues to grow and we are helping lots of local children.  In April we received 467 blankets and we gave away 541 blankets to the following groups: CASA, El Camino Hospital - NICU, EMQ Families First, Good Samaritan Hospital – NICU, KAPFA, Kaiser Hospital – NICU and Pediatrics, Public Health, San Jose Family Shelter, San Jose Social Services, School Health Clinics and Valley Med.  Our chapter’s blanket total since inception is 57,376.

      Thanks to Barb and Mary for hosting last month’s meeting. I look forward to seeing everyone next week, Tuesday May 20 at 7pm at Mary Kelly’s home (1366 Milton Way San Jose) for our May meeting. Remember to bring your finished blankets, empty ink cartridges, extra coins for the “Good Change” donation jar and your calendar so you can sign up to help at our booth at the Santa Clara County Fair July 31 – August 3.

      We shipped 91 blankets to the TAPS Good Grief camp this year – and they are so thankful for our support.  And a special thanks goes out to Renee Jones who delivered our 5 big boxes to the Santa Cruz Staples store (the closest one that still accepts our Rewards coupons for shipping via UPS – most Staples stores have changed over to US Postal Service).  That saved us well over $150, money which we will use for blanket making supplies instead!  Thanks so much Renee!

      Speaking of THE SANTA CLARA COUNTY FAIR, our leader for this event, Deb Bragen, met with me and Barb and she’s got great plans for our booth at the fair this summer (This will be a 1st for our chapter!).

       * It would be great if everyone could plan to stop by and visit the booth, and hang out  for a while to help introduce fair goers to Project Linus. We’ll have things to hand outs/giveaways and blankets to work on so you can invite folks to help and learn. There will be display blankets and more.  Even if it’s just for an hour or two, bring a project to work on and join in the fun (we’ll have some sewing machines there or BYO, as well as fleece to cut & or skip-stitch.)  Better yet, come for noon-5pm or 5pm – closing (9pm Thu and Sun, 10pm Fri and Sat) and cover a shift with us.  Either way, we’d appreciate knowing who is coming when, so please contact Deb Bragen if you haven’t already and let her know when you can help out. (email Deb at bragen@sbcglobal.net or leave a message at 408-997-2358)

       * Deb will be hosting some prep sessions on the following Thursdays (May 29, June 12June 26, July 10) at Calvary United Methodist Church 729 Morse Ave San Jose 95126 (near the corner of Naglee Ave.).  Most of the activities will be helping prep fleece for tying and skip-stitching, you may also make some giveaways (eg stickers, handouts), make quilt kits, etc. If you can help there, please let Deb know  you’ll be coming to she can plan for the right number of volunteers on each date.  (see contact info above).

      Mary Kelly and I are all set to attend the Project Linus National Conference June 18-21 in Bloomington, IL. All are welcome.  See www.projectlinus.org for more details.   Jacquelyn Lepetich has graciously offered to make the challenge quilt this year.  The conference theme is camping and the great outdoors. We’ll be bringing back lots of fun ideas to share.  

      Remember, in anticipation of Barb’s extended vacation/absence, she’s hosting ‘quilters shopping sprees’ at her home (1240 Hanchett Ave San Jose) Friday May 23rd from 10:30-2:30 and 1:30-3:30, and Saturday May 24th from 2-4.  (She is bagging in the morning Saturday at Mary's so don't come early.) She’ll have cotton quilting fabric (all fabric was donated to us, so it’s free).  So bring your favorite patterns and pick some fabric for your summer quilting for PL. Contact Barb to schedule a time (408-295-2287, sjlinus@gmail.com).

      Quilters are also reminded that we have 90” Warm and Natural batting available by the yard for sale (we get it at wholesale prices through PLHQ).  Contact Barb if you’re interested.

       We’re still in need of ‘boy blankets’ – especially teen size (72 inches long), so keep that in mind when your deciding on your next project. 

      We’ve been adding thank-you’s to the web site as we receive them – take a peek when you have a chance. Link to Thank-you's

      I’ll be accepting blankets at John Muir Middle School from their Junior National Honor Society next week.  They collected coins for two weeks and raised $800 for blanket supplies this year. They expect to have 40 blankets completed for us by next week.

      A special thanks to Barb and her team of ‘donation sorters’. We’ve been blessed with some really big donations lately and those ladies met the challenge. Thanks for serving this important role for us.

      Keep using our website’s Amazon.com link for your purchases there, use our SHARES card at Lucky and  SAVEMART, and keep collecting empty ink cartridges for us – they help us finance many of our chapter’s expenses.

(And for your planning purposes, our June meeting will be a week earlier than usual so we can have Barb with us before her big adventure begins – mark your calendars for Tuesday June 10 at 1pm @ Mary Kelly’s.)

 

Happy Blanketeering and thanks!! 

 

 

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