Friday, April 22, 2016

May Newsletter


 Spring brings more changes to Project Linus.   This time the changes are National Project Linus.

Carol Babbitt – CEO - of Project Linus

We have received notice that the Chief Executive Officer of Project Linus has begun to plan for her retirement.   Our amazing leader, Carol Babbitt, has successfully and tirelessly guided and directed PL for the past 16 years.  A search for her replacement will begin immediately (however she will be transitioning over a period of months.)


Search will not be limited to current coordinators/volunteers.  If you, or someone you know may be interested in details about the position, please email a letter of intent, your qualifications and a resume to: opportunity@projectlinus.org.   


Another Contributor/Blanketeer  - Liz Nixon

   
  Liz loves to knit.  She has been knitting baby blankets for PL for more than a year now.  Her stitching is letter perfect and her little blankets are just the perfect in size and color for delivery to the hospital newborn care units in the county.  This is a picture of some of her work all labeled, packaged and ready to be delivered.    Thanks for your contributions Liz

                                Edrie Bridenbaugh

Edrie is a longtime contributor to SLC Project Linus.  She met former Chapter Coordinators, Kathy Morrow and Kristin Vance some 9 years ago and they invited her to attend a blanket-making day at South Jordan Library.  She has since then been an active PL blanketeer.


Edrie learned to sew clothing, cross-stitch, and crochet in her youth, but when life got busy she gave it up.  She spent 20 years as a single parent, raising two daughters and advancing in her education and career.  Edrie holds a MSW from U of U and was a successful career social worker with Granite School District.  In retirement she again took up handwork.  She is still active with the Riverton Senior Center blanket group.

The Western Fringe Blanket

Edrie has perfected a unique type of “Western Fringe” fleece blanket.  It is a good style for teenagers.  The style also suits patterns that are western and nature themes, as well as plaid or geometric designs. She says it takes a steady hand and good scissors to make sure the tiny fringes are even.  Here is a picture of the blanket style.

        She cautions people who are planning to make this pattern:
1.    Cut the corners at no more than 3 inch.
2.    Fringes are cut at 3” long and no more than ¼ “ wide all the way around or you lose the “western look.”
Thanks to Edrie for your interest and dedication to Project Linus.  

Looking Forward to Seeing You All at Blanket Day - May 2nd!  
                                Hugs and Thanks, 
                                        Millie



Tuesday, March 22, 2016

April 2016 Newsletter

Happy Spring To Everyone!
        
We have experienced a wonderful March with many groups volunteering and submitting lovely blankets to PL. 

Thanks to the ongoing ladies-group in St. George, (snowbirds), under the direction of Karen Park and Rochelle Pacheco for staying with us over the years and regularly submitting 25 to 30 blankets each month. 
    
Also thanks to Mountain Vista Methodist Church quilt group under the direction of Jean Ann Nohavick, for their beautiful gifts of quilts and blankets that come in every month. 

Thanks Joy Millet, who makes wonderful crochet edged flannel receiving blankets.  Her donations exceed 100 of these lovelies!
   
Thanks to Riverton Senior Center group under the direction of
Lynn Milsap, who continue to contribute blankets regularly and meet together the 4th Friday morning of each month.

Thanks to Jackie Cohen for arranging a generous donation thru Thrivent, to PL National for our chapter account.     

And, of course, thanks for the regular support and participation of the ladies at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church who meet on the first Monday of every month.      

From Alta View Hospital
              “Thank you for the blankets donated to Alta View Hospital Women’s Center.  Those in need of your blankets are thrilled to wrap their little babe up in the warmth of your blankets.  As nurses we appreciate being able to give them out.   Wendy Barlow, RN BSN

Young Entrepreneur  - Cydney Petersen 


      
Cydney has hand-made many wonderful baby blankets and quilts as a business and sold them on her “etsy.com” store website.  Her mom and dad, Sabrina and Craig, have encouraged her to give up her business and go to college.  In doing so she was looking for an appropriate charitable project to be a recipient of her inventory of handmade baby blankets and quilts.  
     She found PL on our blog spot.  That resulted in a donation of 82 carefully made receiving blankets and small quilts.   What an amazing and generous gift!  
     Cydney and Sabrina are pictured here with the carload of colorful blankets all for little ones in Salt Lake County who need a blanket hug.

Eagle Scout Project


Alex Pence came with his mom Kim to see me last month about making blankets for PL to fulfill a requirement for an Eagle Scout merit badge.   He raised money, purchased fleece, (had some help from his mom in cutting every piece square), then met with a group of 25 young people whom he taught to make the fringe-loop no-sew blankets. 
 
He was able to donate 20 beautiful finished blankets as you see in the picture.  He also plans to donate the remaining money raised and had not yet used for fleece purchase.   Thanks to young people who want to help others and thanks to Alex for a job well done.  

Looking Forward to April

To all the hard working and generous Blanketeers I send Thanks.  The quality and excellence of the blankets that all of you donate is beyond the rainbow.  “Thanks” is not enough to say.  There should be more extravagant words to express how valuable you are and how much good your blankets do for children who need comfort.     Millie

“We are all part of something bigger than ourselves and together we can continue to be a great comfort to many children throughout the county.”
Kristin