Tuesday, February 18, 2014

newsletter - March 2014

Dear Blanketeers,                                                                                    

January ended very busy and February didn't slow down much.  Millie has been super busy meeting with groups and individuals and participating in project days!  Millie gives generously of her time and her dedication is over the top!  She supports our ladies at North Valley, takes time to visit JeanAnn and the  ladies at Mountain Vista, rallies her friends to help label and package, hauls blankets to southern Utah and back and coordinates deliveries with Denna.  Her energy seems endless and I wanted to make sure you all knew what an amazing job she does!  Millie, thank you for all you do!  Our chapter is running smooth and we are reaching out to more drop off locations than ever before.  Please take a moment to thank Millie (and Dean too), she keeps us going!

Make a blanket day will be Monday, March 3rd from 10am to 2pm.  Come join us at our Saviour's Lutheral Church, 3900 South 2500 East.  Bring your lunch - we have a wonderful time!!  Plus, you never know who will bake a wonderful treat!

Grand America Adventure

     With the help and guidance of Linda Manion and Millie, 100 Amgen district reps did the impossible.  They completed 35 no sew blankets in an hour and a half of diligent work.  Amgen Corp is a bio-tech company that had a huge convention at Grand America Hotel in January.  At the end of their meeting days, all 400+ of them worked on one of four charitable projects, three for children – bikes – books – and blankets; and for military personnel -  packages and letters. 

      Mary Hansen, a key planning person for Amgen was familiar with Project Linus, and that’s how we were lucky enough to be included.  As a result, we have 35 beautiful blankets, and will be getting a copy of a professionally made video about Project Linus to use in our chapter.   Special thanks to Amgen – we appreciate your generosity and service. 

Spotlight on “Snow Birds”

     Several Salt Lake women who spend the winter in St. George have become very active in their work to crochet edges on blankets for Project Linus children.  It is so nice that they keep working for kids all winter no matter where they are.  Millie meets with them and picks up their blankets once a month.  Their names are:
     Karen Park, Rochelle Pacheco, Terry Wittry, Bea Keohane, and Linda Caudill.  We so much appreciate the talent, skill, and generosity of these women.  Pictured here among their beautiful blankets are blanketeers, Karen and Rochelle.  Thanks ladies, you do such beautiful work!

Self Storage Management Software | Centershift
donates $1000 to our chapter!

We just received the most wonderful news!  Centershift, a Salt Lake City based software company, has donated $1000 to our Project Linus Chapter!

Why did Centershift donate to Project Linus?  "Part of our company culture is to find ways to give back to our community," said Centershift President James Hafen.  "We are pleased to help Project Linus in any way we can.  It is certainly a worthy cause."

And who is Centershift?  Centershift is a Salt Lake City based software company that has provided management software and other services to the self-storage industry since 2001, when Centershift brought Internet-based technology to the industry.  www.centershift.com

Can you spot our dedicated blanketeer Barbara Bray in the Centershift picture? She's standing on the right corner of the sign, holding the corner.

Here's some of her biography from the company website: "Barbara is the company's Executive Assistant.  Whenever a baby is born to a Centershift employee, Barbara provides a handmade crochet-edge flannel baby blanket for their bundle of joy.  When she's not making blankets for employees, she donates them to Project Linus, a national organization that gives blankets to children in need.  She has donated more than 100 blankets over the past 5 years and has a stash of flannel that will keep her busy for many years to come."

We want to send a HUGE THANK YOU to Centershift for their support of our local chapter.  Kristin and Millie are so excited to be able to reach more children in 2014 and this generous donation makes it possible for us to print our tags, buy more labels and needed supplies and materials.  Your generosity will be felt by children all over Salt Lake County!

Thank you for all you do!  Have a great March!


Kristin & Millie
email: slcprojectlinus@gmail.com