Tuesday, December 26, 2017

January 2018 Newsletter

Hello PL Blanketeers,

Here we are again at the close of another successful year of PL volunteerism.  Your participation is the heart of what we do and I am able to distribute blanket hugs to kids only because you create them. 
Christmas is an important time of year for our distribution and we have made lots of kids smile this Christmas because of all of you.

Welome Baby Program,

This program is operated under the United Way Grants.  It serves underprivileged moms and helps provide them and their new babies with supplies and products that every baby should have.  Our PL blankets have been a special gift to these moms as you see in the picture. 

Pay It Forward  - Salt Lake City Police

Well I never thought I would ever see a big tough cop sitting on Santa’s lap!  But here he is with his little shopper at a participating Walmart on Parley’s Way.  What a fun morning it was – watching little ones bond with their officer and pick out gifts.  The kids had breakfast with their officer, rode in the police cars, shopped, had a picture with Santa, picked out a PL blanket and a backpack and had a lot of fun.   Special thanks to Dustin Parks, of the SLC Department for organizing the event. 

Granite Park Junior High  - English as a Second Language

There are five periods a day at this junior high school in Granite District where kids study to learn our language.  They already speak many different languages.  But a blanket hug has its own language of love.   Thanks to Blanketeer, Marie Jex, who works at the school, we were able to reach these kids with a Christmas blanket.     

 Shriver Center – Chapter 1 Pre School
     Just thought you would like to see the smiling faces on these little ones as they hold their blankets.  They were so excited to choose a blanket for Christmas. 

Our Blanket Making Schedule

We try to be consistent with our blanket day schedule and usually meet on the first Monday of every month.  However – In January our work space at OSLC is not available on the first 3 Mondays

We are happy to share our space with the Family Promise Program that offers shelter to homeless families.  To accommodate them, we will be meeting on Thursday, January 4th.  Hope to see you then. 

Riverton group will meet on their usual day – the 4th Friday of the month – January 26th. 
Extending Thanks

As we close the year and look back at our record and progress, I would like to extend my thanks, to all of you who are the heart of PL.  There would be no PL without you – blanket makers – donators – deliverers – labelers – packagers – and all of you who come together and enjoy working together. 

This year our total distribution of blanket hugs to kids:  2842!  What an amazing things we can accomplish when we all work together. 

Happy New Year,