Saturday, March 25, 2017

April 2017 Newsletter

Well -  here we are in April, still waiting for those sunny days and getting only April showers.  Hopefully they will bring on the flowers very soon.

March has been a very busy month with many regular and new volunteers contributing.  Our project is thriving.  We have been able to provide many blankets to children in need of a blanket hug.

This is a picture of Faith May, who is 6 years old.  She received a Linus blanket after her most recent of several brain tumor surgeries.  Though she will be blind in one eye from the trauma, she came thru this serious situation and does not have cancer.   

She loved her Linus comfort blanket and she wanted her two young sisters to also receive security blankets.  We were happy to oblige.  Her mom reported they all love their blankets and we love hearing their good news. 

A Special thanks to Marsha Clark of West Valley City for her volunteer service to our chapter.  Last month Marsha offered to hemstitch 24 sets of double flannel receiving blankets as well as the burps and bibs that match them.  The flannel sets were donated a year or so ago, but we did not have the money to hire the hem stitching on them as it is quite expensive. 

     In case you don’t know why the hemstitch is important, here is a picture of it.  After the hemstitch is done – then the edges can be crocheted.  We have two blanketeers in our chapter who do this kind of work - Barbara Bray and Linda Good.   The pictures here show the stitch and the finished product - (handwork completed by Barbara Bray.)  Margaret Schleidt and Patsy Bueno have both expressed an interest in learning to do these beautiful receiving blankets.

Welcome to two new blanketeers -  Marie Jex of Draper, and Rosie Parker of Heber City.  Rosie crochets edges on fleece blankets, and both volunteers are helping with labeling, packaging, and delivering.  

Jean Peterson of West Valley City has been a quilt maker for Project Linus since Kathy Morrow founded the Salt Lake County Chapter.  She has again this month contributed 22 hand made, hand stitched fabulous quilts!  Thank you Jean for your continued support and volunteerism. 

Looking forward to seeing everyone on April 3rd at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church 10:00 to 2:00.
Remember you can also join Lynn and Edrie at the Riverton Senior Center on the forth Friday of every month from 9:30 to noon.    
                 Hugs to you all,    Millie  

Monday, February 27, 2017

March 2017 Newsletter

This is the month of the First Day of Spring!
Sunshine is coming   

 Hello Blanketers, 

We deliver to the Army National Guard so that they can give security blankets to the children of newly deployed soldiers.  Here is a note from one mom.

      “My kids received blankets from your organization right before their
      dad got deployed.  They love the blankets! 
                      Thanks so much,
                      A Soldier’s Wife”

From Shriners Hospital:

     “It is such a pleasure to accept these many gifts of 16 hand made blankets…”  “Your generosity and thoughtfulness will help make a difference in the lives of the children we serve and further our mission in pr9oviding quality orthopedic care regardless of the patient or patient’s family’s ability to pay.” 

Sweet Charity Sisters

If you have a group of 20 or 30 quilters, you better have a very large home to work in, as setting up three quilt frames takes a lot of space.  That’s what Sharon Allred and her daughter DeMae have, and they share it with all their quilting friends every other Tuesday.  They gather and work all day, enjoying lunch together that the members host on a rotating schedule.
Claudeen Luckart recently contacted me to pick up 17 beautiful hand-made quilts donated to PL.  This group of ambitious women also makes other kinds of blankets and they participate in many other charity projects.  They are privately funded by the volunteer participants, so are always up for receiving donations and fabric.
     Their purpose is to serve and they share an enthusiasm for sewing, giving, and charity. 

DeMae,  Claudeen, Sharon,                 Karen, Claudeen, Janene

 “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”     Mahatma Gandhi

Thanks to all of you who give your time and talent to Project Linus.  It may be sewing, cutting, delivering, packaging, labeling, shopping – no matter what you do it helps accomplish our goal.  By working together we can improve the lives of children and put smiles on their faces.  

Happy Spring!       Millie

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

February 2017 Newsletter

This is the month to celebrate love.  Our Linus blanket gifts of love will continue to go out to children in need because of each of you.  You are the caring volunteers, who contribute, and create beautiful handwork for the happiness of those little ones who need some love. 

Thanks comes in many forms – here is one from Toy: 

 Teaching children to volunteer and help those less fortunate than themselves has been the goal of Highland Park Elementary teacher Peter Lingen.  His forth grade students love to make blankets and they also raised cash to contribute to Project Linus.   Thanks kids for your support and help. 

 Again this year Congregation Kol Ami made blankets for Project Linus.  They are becoming experts in the process of fringe loop fleece blanket making.  Thanks to Nicole Fenwick who coordinates the project at the Synagogue on volunteer service day.  She has discovered that she can have children help.  Even if they can’t use the scissors safely, their little fingers can pull fringe thru holes nicely.   

Our Chapter is achieving its goals and all of you are to be thanked whether you sew, cut, shop, deliver, label, package, donate, etc – each job is necessary and appreciated.   Thanks to all volunteers. 

See you on blanket making day – February 6th,  10:00 – 2:00 at Our Saviours Lutheran Church 2500 East 3900 South.  

Hugs,   Millie

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Newsletter January 2017         

How amazing and wonderful it is to be making blankets for Project Linus, especially at Christmas time.  It feels so great to be a part of the happiness of little children in our county.  We are all about giving blanket hugs to kids.

Note of Thanks
"Hi Millie,
 My little special needs student loved his blanket.  
He read every word on the Project Linus card. He said that he was going to take it everywhere with him. 
     Thank You!  Lisa, SN Teacher"

Kids making blankets for kids

Shopping with Cops

A great big thank you to all of you blanketeers for a wonderful year of volunteering and giving.  A grand total of 2540 blankets distributed in 2016!!

Blanketeers Christmas luncheon in December

First Row L to R:  Jackie, MaryLynn, Linda, Patrina, Nan, Linda, Irene, Linda, Millie
Second Row L to R:  Doris, Dayle, Shirley, Bernie, Patsy, Ellen

Come on over to blanket day - the 9th of January at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church  - 2500 East 3900 South - 10:00 to 2:00.        

    Happy New Year,  Millie