Saturday, January 16, 2016

February 2016 Newsletter

Dear Blanketeers,
I am excited about being asked to coordinate our Chapter of Project Linus, and I am looking forward to the continued success of our Chapter.  I want to be sure that all of you who receive this newsletter have my cell phone number: 801-656-9229. Call me anytime I can help you with a project, answer a question, pick up finished blankets or visit with you about whatever is on your mind.
Hugs to you all who work with Project Linus.
 upcoming blanket days

South Valley blanket day - usually the fourth Friday of each month.  Friday, January 22nd at Riverton Senior Center in Riverton from 9:30am to noon.  If you have any questions about this project day, please email our chair person Lynn Milsap ( Friday, February 26th will be our next work day).

North Valley blanket day - usually the first Monday of each month.  Monday, February 1st at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Holladay from 10:00am to 2:00pm. 
   St Mary’s Catholic Church

Dr. Kathy Osler had just completed a blanket-making project with her 14 year old pre-confirmation boys and girls from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Park City.  A few days later, a baby (snuggled in his Linus blanket) was treated at her private practice office.  She was pleased to see the beautiful crochet flannel that the baby had received while in the NICU at St. Mark’s Hospital, and excited to tell the mom that she had been working on the same project – Project Linus.

Group Participation  

This past month we have received blankets from three group projects:  Riverton Ranch Ward, Kearns 14th Ward.  Mr. Lindgen’s 4th grade class at Highland Park Elementary School, and from McGillis Elementary School.  Teachers have learned the process and then closely supervise the kids to help them to complete no-sew blankets. 
Congregation Kol Ami

     Again this year, Congregation Kol Ami has made blankets on their Shabbat volunteer service day at Synagogue.  Nicole Fenwick has been an organizer of the project for the 3rd year.  We are so happy to have regular contributors who love to make blankets for kids.

                                                              Olympia Romero

Project Linus gratefully acknowledges the large donation of fabric made by the family of Olympia Romero.  Olympia was an original blanketeer!  She made hundreds of blankets and quilts for her family, extended family and to those in need.  Her blankets were beautiful, lovely quilted comforters made with patience and love.  They were contemporary squares of cotton, denim and fleece that served as blankets for many children, including grandchildren, grandnieces and grandnephews.  Her blankets were fun, including sports team logos and appliqued numbered jerseys for many sports fans.   One of Olympia's greatest joys was working on projects where she could give of her talents and time to those in need.  She passed away unexpectedly after a short illness on October 5, 2015.  She is greatly missed by countless family, friends and other loved ones.  Her family is touched to know that her fabrics will continue bringing comfort to children, a cause that was near and dear to her heart.
To all of you who work with Project Linus - please know how much you are appreciated.  We always enjoy seeing you at our scheduled blanket days!

Monday, December 28, 2015

January 2016 Newsletter

Blanketeer’s Christmas Party

   What a great turn out for the "kick off" into the holiday season!  On December 7th we worked, had a wonderful luncheon and enjoyed sharing stories of accomplishments and successes of 2015.  These happy faces are feeling great and looking forward to 2016.  The amazing service that our blanketeers give to children is truly a huge benefit to our community.
We also want to thank Our Saviour's Lutheran Church for providing us a space to gather each month.  We have a standing place on their calendar and it's so wonderful!

A big thank you from Kristin & Millie for all that you do! We have had an amazing year and the regular volunteers keep our chapter moving forward.  We so appreciate you all!


North Valley blanket day (first Monday each month)

Monday, January 4th 10:00am to 2:00pm
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 2500 E 3900 S, Holladay
We have a lot of fun and would love to have you join us for some project time and fellowship.  For more information or questions, please contact Millie

 South Valley blanket day (4th Friday of each month)

Please join the group at the Riverton Senior Center on Friday, January 22nd from 9:30am to noon
for more information, contact our chairperson Lynn Milsap

Changes in 2016

With the new year comes some change to our chapter.  Millie joined me in the co-coordinator role to help with the housekeeping
and other items for our chapter.  The time has now come for me to step away from coordinating and go back to blanketeer status.  It's been a tough decision, but there are only so many hours in the day.  Millie has been so amazing and taking on most all of the tasks already, so it will be a slight shift in things.  I also appreciate Dean for all of his support on the project, helping with many items that keep our chapter running.  My new job includes travel to the main office site in Playa Vista, California (near L.A.)  and balancing work, home and teenagers is a challenge!  All of you that I've met as part of this chapter are amazing!  I know you all love the chapter and will keep doing the great work you do!  I can't thank you all enough for touching my life.  I hope I can grow up to be just like you all; giving, volunteering, cultivating life long friendships.  I thank each and every one of you for all that you've done and I know it has a tremendous impact on children in our community.  Keep up the beautiful work!  I hope to join you on occasion going forward.  Thank you for being you!  - with a blanket hug, Kristin

Annual Christmas Event – “Shop-With-A-Cop”

    This is another wonderful event for children who have suffered.  We are so proud to be a participant with Darren Orr, who produces the Shop-With-a-Cop event, every Christmas season.  He writes:
          “ We had 105 children…the most we have ever had. 
             The blankets were a huge hit.  We love that this
             has become a part of our event.  The comfort that
             a child receives from a blanket is truly unique. 
             I thank you very much for your continued support.”   
                                                   Darren  Orr

A successful 2015!

Some numbers to share with you all about our distribution.  2015 was a great year for donations and distributions!  This year we delivered 2247 blankets to the children of Salt Lake County and Tooele.  What a great year!  This brings the grand total of blankets delivered, since our chapter started, to a total of 16019!!!  Every blanket you make, is a gift to a child in crisis.  Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication!
We hope you all enjoyed the holidays and look forward to health and happiness for 2016! 
Millie & Kristin

Sunday, November 29, 2015

December newsletter

 Dear Blanketeers, 
What a year it has been!  Thank you for all that you do!  As of the quarter ending in September, for 2015 we have donated a total of 1579 blankets to children in Salt Lake County and Tooele.  Isn't what wonderful?  That means on average 175 blanket per month are made, distributed and loved!  Your dedication and continued support allows our chapter to do amazing things! 


Please join us on Monday, December 7th at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 2500 E 3900 S, Holladay.  It's the north valley blanket day from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  We will serve lunch about noon. 

We hope you can join us, as we gather to celebrate together!


Bluffdale 14th Ward 

 This month, the enrichment coordinator for the Bluffdale Ward, Annie Gatrell, and relief society president, Tammy Oldroyd, organized an event to make blankets.  Thanks to them, and the volunteers at the event, we have 17 new well-made blankets
to distribute to children.  As you see by their pictures below, they are enjoying their service project and we send them a big thank you.


Project Sanctuary Retreat 

       The second year in succession we have the privilege to donate
blankets to the children of military families who gather at the National Abilities Center in Park City.   Their program includes counseling, building self-esteem, and sharing experiences with other military families.  
      Missy Hyatt who directs the program says, “Thanks to everyone at Project Linus.  Our kids love your beautiful blankets.   Thanks you so much.”

Happy 20th Birthday Project Linus!!!
It's hard to believe it's true!  On December 24, 2015, Project Linus will celebrate its 20th Birthday. On Christmas Eve 1995, Karen Loucks Rinedollar, our founder, was inspired by a simple article in a weekly paper that perhaps....perhaps children could be touched, loved, and comforted by a warm snuggly handmade blanket. She quickly realized that she couldn't do this alone and would need volunteers to help. At the time, Karen didn't really have any volunteers, but what she did have was a vision, and friends, and an idea. She was able to put into motion a grassroots effort that has over the years transformed into a nationwide blanket-making army of approximately 75,000 people.
By the time our 20th Birthday arrives, Project Linus will have donated close to 6 MILLION blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or in need. 6 MILLION.
Millions of children and adults have either received the comfort that a handmade blanket can bring, or have been uplifted in the service of children. We are thrilled that Project Linus has grown into the force for good that we know today.
from the Blanket Beacon, October 2015 (Thank you Carol for sharing the article)


Itineris Early  College High School

  High School student, Emilee Hansen, is leading a group of student volunteers in a month long service project making for Project Linus.  Emilee and three teachers met with Millie at their West Jordan campus last week. 

They learned and practiced the no-sew fleece blanket technique.  Their plan is to teach it to other students who plan to make blankets over the coming month.   The trend for students to become involved in service projects is a positive one.  Thanks Emilee. 


Saint Mary's Catholic Church

 Dr. Kathy Osborn, took time out from her busy practice as a pediatrician, to come to Millie’s house last month to learn the no-sew blanket process.  She, and the young women she sponsors at Saint Mary’s Church in Park City, made blankets at their annual service day event on November 15th.  Her girls wanted to do something nice for children to get started on their Christmas season giving.  Thanks Dr. Osborn and your young women.       

It's been a great year!  We hope you are able to join us for our luncheon and spend some time together.  We appreciate each and every one of you!

Kristin & Millie

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Christmas luncheon

Save the date!  We will enjoy Christmas lunch together at the North Valley blanket day on Monday, December 7th.  Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Holladay.

Please join us for some blanket making and time together!  Lunch will be served about 12:00pm.

We hope to see you soon!

Millie & Kristin

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

November 2015 newsletter

South valley blanket day has moved up a week, to this Friday October 23rd from 9:30am to noon at the Riverton Senior center

 North valley blanket day - Monday, November 2nd from 10:00am to 2:00pm in Holladay

Welcome fall!  Football, cooler weather, falling leaves, more time for blankets!  I love sitting in the evening with a blanket draped across my lap crocheting.  It's all part of fall!

We've had a very busy month!  Thank you all and keep up the great work!

Blanketeer spotlight - Jean Peterson 

Jean has been a supporter of our chapter since it's beginning.  She answered an ad in the newspaper to learn from the Provo Chapter that Kathy was just starting a chapter in Salt Lake County.  We are so glad Jean called that ad!  If any of you sew, you'll know the time and dedication required for Jean's beautiful quilts.  Some of the blocks are even hand stitched before she sews them together, ties and binds them.  Kristin & Jean connect for pick up or drop off when she has a stack ready to deliver.  If I stop by her house I'm greeted by her cute dog, barking out of excitement to have a visitor!   Jean wasn't happy I requested a picture, but she was a great sport!  Thank you Jean for your contribution to our chapter.  Your blankets are beautiful and I know they are  loved and appreciated by the children who receive them!

Rowland Hall Upper School - 1/2 day of service

It is just amazing to again spend the day with the outstanding student volunteers at Rowland Hall Upper School.   Project Linus has been a part of their annual service day volunteering for 5 years.  This year there were 35 students participating and together they finished 51 blankets – most of them medium and large.   The fabric we were not able to finish was also donated. 

They are an outstanding group of students.  They take instruction with
focus; they work hard to make the blankets perfect; and they cleaned up
the work area when we were finished.   Then they formed a line and
carried arm-loads of blankets and equipment to my car. 
Rowland Hall has become an important part of our chapter's distribution and
the students are very willing to donate and volunteer.

Herriman Hills Ward

     We are so fortunate to have young women’s groups and local relief
 societies who produce events in blanket making to benefit Project Linus and the children we serve. 
     Herriman Hills Ward under the direction of Relief Society President, Esther Bickam and assistant Laura Anderson (pictured right) produced such an event in October.  Their message to the women and girls at that
event was that service to others is an important part of their lives and also a very rewarding part. 
    The week before their event, some ladies volunteered with Kristin to square material in preparation for their blanket making project.   

The next week their group gathered and in one evening they learned to make no-sew fringed blankets and completed 34 blankets – every one of which was perfectly made. 
An extra shout out of Thanks to fellow blanketeer Beckie Bailey for her assistance in Herriman that evening.

A special donation, knitted with love by Sandy


A special Thank you

I just wanted to say thank you!  My 2 year old daughter received one of your blankets at a Yellow Ribbon event last week in preparation for my husbands upcoming deployment.  She LOVES it and sleeps with it every night.  She tells everyone that it is her special blanket for when daddy goes far far away.  We are so grateful for the comfort it will bring! 
Thank you for what you do.  It is so appreciated!  Lyndsey

Keep up the amazing work!  Every contribution, every donation matters to a child.

Thank you!
Millie & Kristin

Monday, September 21, 2015

October 2015 newsletter


We hope you can join us at one of our next blanket days!

South valley blanket day is back!  The last Friday of every month - Please join Lynn & Edrie on Friday, September 25th from 9:30am to noon.  The new meeting place is Riverton Senior Center, 12914 South Redwood Road, Riverton.    We are excited to have a south valley blanket day and are grateful that Lynn, as our chairperson is organizing this new location.  Any questions, please contact Lynn # 801-651-1408 or email

North Valley blanket day meets the first Monday of each month and will be Monday, October 5th at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 2500 E 3900 South from 10:00am to 2:00pm.  Please join us for some friendship and fun, while making some beautiful blankets for children.


“GOD’S WORK – OUR HANDS”  Church Members Make Blankets


     Again this year, the volunteers from Zion Lutheran Church and also from Our
Saviour’s Lutheran Church have made blankets for Project Linus to distribute.  The blankets were created especially for the children who are seen at The Children’s Justice Center.  They have expressed a need for blankets to give these children during their forensic medical exams - which are a part of investigations of child abuse.  Thanks folks for your help and kindness.

Spotlight – Best Wishes to Billie Anderson

      Thanks to Billie Anderson for her contribution and months of membership in our chapter.   She will be moving to Kingwood Texas this month where she and Phil will live in their newly built home which will be close to their children.  Billie’s crochet projects have been beautiful and she also bakes us goodies on blanket day.  We have enjoyed her smiling face and enthusiasm at our blanket day events.  We wish her joy in her new home.

Packaging for delivery 

Did you know that a card with this message is attached to every blanket with the Linus label that we distribute within Salt Lake County.  This gives a personal touch to the gift.  We want the child who receives the blanket to know that it was made with love by a real person, who cares about him/her.

        Together we can do great things!  Imagine how big of an impact it is to a child, when they received a bright colored, beautiful blanket, handmade by a volunteer like you!  We appreciate each and every one of you and together we are the SALT LAKE COUNTY CHAPTER OF PROJECT LINUS!

We hope to see you all soon!

Kristin & Millie

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

September 2015 Project Linus Newsletter

Blanket Day Schedules

     Though we had no blanket day in North valley on August 3rd, we were able to distribute 153 blankets to our various sites during the first week of August.   Thanks to all the blanketeers for continuing to work and contribute blankets for August deliveries.   

    Our north valley blanket work day for September blanket day is not even in September!  It is Monday, August 31, 2015!!  Please join us at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Holladay from 10am to 2pm.  This adjustment should get us back on schedule for the first Monday of each month for blanket day in the north valley.

    South valley blanket day is back!  Please join Lynn & Edrie on Friday, Aug 28th from 9:30am to noon.  The new meeting place is Riverton Senior Center, 12914 South Redwood Road, Riverton.    We are excited to have a south valley blanket day and are grateful that Lynn, as our chairperson is organizing this new location.  We invite you all to join Lynn Milsap and Edrie Bridenbaugh for a great work day!  Please bring your piece of fleece (1 1/2 yard or 2 yard piece) to make a great no sew fleece blanket during the work day.  Any questions, please contact Lynn # 801-651-1408 or email  We hope you will join us the last Friday of each month as we get a South Valley blanket day going!
Edrie & Lynn - look for these smiling faces on Friday at Riverton Senior Center!

A special thank you....for all of our blanketeers

I'm a foster mom to a 5 month old baby.  This week, we received a beautiful blanket made by Karen.  I just wanted to thank you for your generosity and kindness to a child who really needs the love and support of everyone around him!  Angela

Baby Showers for Veterans

     VA Women’s Center nurse, Nicole Ranch, has let us know that she has given our blankets to the veterans who have delivered babies at the VA Hospital.  Every month or so, the veterans and nurses give a baby shower for the pregnant women who are scheduled to deliver at the VA.  Women from several surrounding states come to this center for their prenatal care and birthing.    She has asked that we continue to send blankets for them and we of course will do so.  We are so pleased to be able to do something for our military service women.
                                “Working for Peanuts,” by Karen Rinedollar

     A new North area blanket day participant, Mary Jo Anhalt, (who has been a blanketeer for quite a number of years in Bakersfield California) lent me this book last month. 
     I am embarrassed to say that I really never knew the history of Project Linus and did not know that Karen Rinedollar was the founder.   It was so great to read about the history of our organization - beginning with Karen’s vision to serve children  - to the people who operate the National Headquarters of P L at the present time.  Her struggle to get the project off the ground and get permission from Charles Schultz Foundation to use the Peanuts character –Linus – is a worthwhile read and I recommend it.  Thank you Mary Jo.    Millie

    We wish to welcome Mary Jo to our chapter.  She has been doing handwork since she was 12 years old and is pictured here with one of her double no-sew blankets.  We are pleased to have her join our chapter. 

Thank you all for the great work you continue to do!  We hope to see you all soon!

With a blanket hug,
Millie & Kristin