June 2016 Newsletter
Hello Blanketeers! Summer appears to have arrived a bit earlier
than the calendar says – isn’t it grand! J Hope you’re
enjoying the beautiful weather. Here are the results from May and a few updates
before our Tuesday June 14th daytime meeting at Mary’s house (1366 Milton
Way San Jose) – 1pm.
* I will be attending the
national Project Linus conference this coming week, so I will not be at the chapter
meeting. Thanks again to Mary Ann Risso for making the ‘challenge quilt’ for us
(see photo on our web site). I look forward to bringing back lots of new ideas
to share and hopefully word about upcoming changes at PLHQ (you may remember
our national president of 17 years Carol Babbitt has announced her retirement
for 1H2017.) Barb will be hosting our June 14th meeting (thanks
Barb!) just before she leaves for her extended summer travels (she’ll be away
until October). Happy Trails to you (and
Greg and Sadie)!
* During Barb’s absence,
your contact for:
- Batting is Linda
- Quilt backing
fabric and fabric donations is Norma Bauman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Blanket Delivery
Reporting – Barb via email (and me as back-up, if needed)
* As always your contact
- Bagging & Sorting
o Saturday Bagging/Sorting - Elizabeth Tang-Kong (email@example.com)
o Thursday Bagging/Sorting Kathy Wuerz (Kathy.firstname.lastname@example.org) (July/September/November, etc.)
- Sew Days:
o 1st Thursday of the month - Deb Bragen (email@example.com)
o 3rd Wednesday day of the month – Sandy
NOTE: Due to renovations at Sandy’s club house this month only, there
will not be a 3rd Wed. Sew Day – it will return in
- Yarn and
Fleece/Yarn “Kits”: At this time we do not have a new ‘yarn maven’ confirmed.
If you are interested in helping with this position (so we can continue to
provide donated yarn as well as fleece w/yarn for skip-stitching), please
contact me/Sharon (firstname.lastname@example.org). Until we get a new yarn maven, we
may not be able to provide sorted yarn and fleece ‘kits’ at the meetings).
* Looking ahead to July, since Mary, Barb and I
will all be away on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, we will be moving
our July meeting to the 3rd Tuesday just this
one time… so mark your calendars for Tuesday
July 19 at 7pmfor our meeting at Mary Kelly’s house.
* Our numbers for May were
very good – we received 713 blankets and distributed 717 blankets. Our blanket recipients groups this month were
CASA, CPS Receiving Center, El Camino Hospital - NICU, Good Samaritan Hospital
– NICU, KAPFA, Kaiser Hospital – NICU and Pediatrics,
O’Connor Hospital – NICU
and Pediatrics, Public Health, Regional Medical Center, Ronald
McDonald House, San Jose
Family Shelter, San Jose Social Services, Stanford-Child Life Services, TAPS and Valley
Medical Center. This brings our chapter
total to 71,519 blankets.
* We are saying good-bye
to Anita Anderson who is moving out of the area. Thank you so much Anita for all you’ve done
for our chapter over so many years – we wish you the very best and we will miss
you! Hope you can find a chapter near
your new location.
* We have received a
donation of $350 worth of fleece from Daisy Troop 61205. They used a portion of
their cookie sale proceeds to purchase it and shopped for the fleece together. They
also made blankets for us. Thank you to all the scouts who have supported
* Gerri Smoluk sold a
donated quilt kit and quilt (that were donated to us but too large and not
appropriate for our use) on eBay, earning over $100 for the chapter.
* Saratoga Retirement
Community continues to make and sell baby afghans in their site store and they
donate the proceeds to our chapter (as well as making blankets which they
* Mary Kelly recently
batched up all the donated yarn that we can’t use and sold the lot for $200.
* Linda Skipper continues
to make fleece selvage doggie ‘pull toys’ and sells them.
* Amazon users – please
remember to sign into our website to start your Amazon purchase – that earns us
at least 4% of the purchase price with no additional cost to you! See link on
the left of the home page.
*Thanks to everyone that
helps support our chapter fundraising in so many creative ways.
* 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 need 1 more person for each of the teams (on
the 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
me/Sharon, Elizabeth Tang-Kong or Kathy Wuerz for more info. The next bagging dates
are Saturday June 25th and Thursday July 28th at 9am (at
Mary Kelly’s house).
* Thanks to Renee Jones and
Sandy Crane who will deliver 100 blankets to Camp Corral in July.
* We shipped over 100
blankets to the TAPS Good Grief camp this year. A special thank you goes to
Phyllis Donohue-Maroney for her generous donation to help defray the shipping
* Barb and Linda Cortez
hosted 2 Make a Blanket events at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Sunnyvale and
Milpitas recently – we welcome TFS as a corporate partner.
* We have a few events coming up in the fall
that we need volunteers for – please let me/Sharon know if you can help:
- Bark in the Park (Dog fair) Sept 17th – Mary
Kelly hosting our booth
- 6th annual Lexus of Stevens Creek Teen
Volunteer Fair – Saturday Sept. 24 9am-noon
a host for our table to take sign-ups for volunteering and hand out brochures
As always, thank you for your generous support. Together our
chapter has brought comfort, support and smiles to over 71,000 children. Thank
you for being a part of our group of caring blanketeers.
We hope to see you soon at a
meeting or a Sew Day (more details available on our website www.sjlinus.org). Happy blanketeering!
Thanks as always for
being blanketeers and helping our chapter provide snuggly comfort to local
children in need through the wonderful blankets you make. You’ve made it possible for us to support
nearly 6000 children this year alone – THANK YOU!
Sharon (email@example.com, 408-252-1858)
and Barb (firstname.lastname@example.org, 408-295-2287)