October 2017 Newsletter

 

Hi Blanketeers! 

 

* Hope to see you at this Saturday’s MAKE A BLANKET DAY (SATURDAY OCTOBER 21st )   10am-4pm - new hours this year. (We can’t set up the night before as usual due to another event at the church, so our setup volunteers will be arriving at 8am to get the room ready for everyone. We have a few helpers lined up but we need more, so please let me know if you can come early and help set up - email sjlinus@comcast.net. Thanks!!) As usual, we’ll be at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church – Cupertino (20920 McClellan Rd.) and holding the monthly meeting at 11am followed by the potluck lunch at noon (bring something to share). Quilters, we will have a few 9-strip kits but you can bring your own projects for PL too. We will have batting available, as well as yarn and some fleece. Come for an hour or stay the day. Pick up some supplies for your next PL projects. (There’s a new baby yarn challenge and lots of yarn for you to choose from!) See you soon!

* We are awaiting details from PLHQ regarding the needs in the areas of the NorCal fires and logistics for possible blanket deliveries. We hope to be able to provide extra blankets to help out there so please consider making extra blanket(s) this month and next if possible.

* Blanket Stats: In September we received 412 blankets and we distributed 679 blankets through: CASA, El Camino Hospital-NICU, Good Samaritan Hospital – NICU, KAFPA, Kaiser Hospital – Pediatrics and NICU, Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at El Camino, Public Health, Regional Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House, San Jose Family Shelter, San Jose Social Services, School Health Clinics, Valley Medical Center and Hurricane Relief. Our chapter total to date is 79,704!

* Here are some thank-you’s that we received since our last newsletter and meeting: 

** Dear Project Linus, My daughter has just started chemotherapy at Kaiser Santa Clara and we just wanted to thank you for the beautiful blanket made by Olivia. My daughter has been a bit cold in the hospital room, so having something warm and also colorful has definitely helped make her stay better. Thank you for your kindness!  Jamie B.

** I just wanted to send a thank you to Sharon. My baby boy was born early at 30 weeks at O’Connor hospital. I was unable to have a baby shower or go shopping for baby. We thought we still had time to prepare for baby's arrival. I was put on bed rest for 3 weeks until he was bor. We had no blankets. And after being in NICU a nurse gave us a beautiful blanket that Sharon L. had made and donated through the Project Linus. Thank you for you for your hard work and generosity. We really appreciate your blanket brought tears to my eyes that there are people with good heart's helping these little bitty babies. 

Thanks, Lina P. & Baby Luciano 

* Thank you to Norma Bauman and Shirley Karabian for helping out with the IBM Make a Blanket Days this week. 50 blankets are being made and I just got word that we got an additional $500 grant from the IBM Volunteer Opportunity Council today while we were working on blankets!  Hurray!! Another thank you goes to Mary Kelly who sorted and counted well over 1000 skeins of donated yarn (not appropriate for PL blankets) and sold it for $745 in JoAnn Gift Cards. Thank you to Jackie Rall and Elizabeth Tang-Kong for their generous donations toward the shipping expenses for the Hurricane Relief shipping. The Bark in the Park booth hosted by Mary Kelly and Julie Spence earned over $400 for the chapter and introduced lots of new people to Project Linus - thanks ladies!

* A special note from our web master Isabelle Wimmers:

"I'm knitting a baby blanket, and I'm running out of yarn. I'm in need of Bernat Baby Sport in light lavender. Any amount would help.

Thank you, Isabelle. (Contact Isabelle iwimmersfam@gmail.com at  or 408-858-8190)"

* Need ink for your printer? Remember, we can buy it for you through Staples and beat Amazon’s price. To keep our Staples Rewards accounts active, we need to purchase ink twice a year for each account. We earn $20 per month store credit for each account, so it’s a big contributor for our chapter. So when you need ink, let me know what you need and I’ll order it for you at a great price and get it to you quickly. Thanks in advance for supporting this part of our ongoing fundraising.

* We have a great supply of baby blankets at this time, so if you’re wondering what to make next, we can always use more teen (up to 72” in length) and older child sized blankets. Bigger is better through the end of the year.  Thank you!!

* Remember we have Sew Days every month (see details on our home page www.sjlinus.org) Here’s a message from host Marilyn Nickel about the 1st Thursday Sew Day: Please join us at Calvary United Methodist Church at 729 Morse Street in San Jose (one block from the Central YMCA) from 10:30am to 6 pm.  We have tables for cutting, sewing, and basting quilts.  We have extension cords, two cutting mats, and an iron with ironing board.  Bring your projects, sewing machines, and lunch.  Cost is $5.  The facility is not air-conditioned so you may want to bring a fan.  See you there. 

* A reminder for those who applique: when appliquéing on to plain fleece, the appliqué needs to be sewn on, not just glued or ironed on. We’ve received some recently that were not sewn on and were already peeling off. To stand up to repeated washings, they must be stitched. Thanks!

* A little bit of your time is a BIG help to us!  Please take a minute to watch this short video and then register with eScrip. Your everyday shopping can earn thousands of dollars for our group.  Thanks!  Click this link: http://www.screencast.com/t/2GwaIVac 


* As you probably remember, Barb is still on vacation. In the meantime, if you need batting, pick some up at the MABD or get some from Linda Cortez starting again in November (savsgram@aim.com);  for quilt backing fabric or fabric donations, contact Norma Bauman (nlbauman@earthlink.net); if you need to borrow a “scissors box” for a blanket making event, contact Mary Kelly (mary@gofigureinc.com) or me, Sharon (sjlinus@comcast.net).

* See you at the October/November meeting and Make a Blanket Day this Saturday or at our last meeting of the year Tuesday December 12 at 1pm at Good Samaritan Episcopal Church (15040 Union Ave. San Jose) – please bring something to share at our holiday potluck too.

 

Thank you all for everything you do for Project Linus – helping us comfort and support local children in need.  Together we’re making a big difference in young lives around us.

 

Sharon (and Barb – on vacation)

sjlinus@comcast.net   (sjlinus@gmail.com)

408-252-1858