El Paso Project Linus

Providing Security to Children One Blanket at a Time

Chapter News - October 2017
Greetings, Blanketeers!
 
Thank you to everyone who attended the October meeting.

 Great work, everyone!

Thank you for the blankets that were distributed
 
Please join us for the next meeting on Saturday

December 2, 2017 at 9:30 AM



In case you looked at the photos for June and had a

question or two - the building was in use for deployment

so we held our meeting outside.  Talk about interesting!!


More Hands on Deck, Please 
 
There are several areas in which the Chapter needs YOUR involvement to help or serve as a backup in case the current member is not available:
  • Greeters - offer a smile to new blanketeers and help them find a spot at a table with a more seasoned blanketeer; help ensure that everyone attending the meeting signs in
  • Hospitality - set up the goodie table and prep the coffee or iced tea
  • Delivery - load blankets in your vehicle and take them to one or more of the facilities where the blankets are donated
  • Kit Sign-out Table - keep track of quilt kits and yarn skeins signed out by blanketeers; check off names for blankets turned in
  • Publicity - manage the El Paso Project Linus Facebook page and get news out to local media
 
New and Improved!  Enhanced Security at Ft. Bliss
 
New enhanced security measures will be in place at Ft. Bliss for the safety of soldiers, residents, employees, and civilians.  Please keep this in mind as you plan to attend our next Chapter meeting.
 
All visitors (in other words, people without a Department of Defense ID) will need to obtain a Visitor's Pass at one of five Visitor Control Centers before entering Ft. Bliss.
 
Hours for the Fort Bliss Visitor Control Centers are as follows:
 
Buffalo Soldier:                        24 Hours/7 Days a Week
(Airway and Airport)
 
Chaffee:                                  24 Hours/7 Days a Week
(Spur 601 & Chaffee)

Old Ironsides (Global Reach)     24 Hours/7 Days a Week
 
 
Please note that the following two gates will NOT have a Visitor Center open on Saturday when we meet:
 
Sheridan:                     5:00 am - 9:00 pm, Monday - Friday
Biggs Airfield Main:       5:00 am - 9:00 pm, Monday - Friday
 
The Cassidy gate will be continue to be accessible to Department of Defense ID holders and civilians with a visitors pass. 
 
Only Department of Defense ID holders may enter Fort Bliss at the following gates:
  • IBCT-South gate
  • Sergeant Major North gate
For more information, see:  https://www.bliss.army.mil/rv4_images/PR-NewVisitorControlCenters.pdf
 
As a reminder, anyone entering Ft. Bliss must have a U.S. state-issued driver's license or passport.  All vehicles and occupants are subject to random searches and inspections, which has always been the case. Travelers should plan accordingly as access times to Ft. Bliss might be increased due to these changes.
 
 

8-point Blanket Checklist
 
As a reminder to new and "seasoned" volunteers alike, please review the following points before you turn in a blanket:

  1. If your blanket is quilted, check all seams.  We get a lot of positive feedback from parents whose children really love their blankets, and we don?t want the blankets to fray at the seams.
  2. Do you crochet or knit?  Please leave long tails to be woven in.  Do not make knots and then trim them, because these will come apart after a few washings.
  3. Please use the "Russian Join" when changing colors. Instructions can be obtained at this site or on YouTube.
  4. Cut all excess threads, and check to be sure all pins and needles have been removed.
  5. Wash your blanket and use unscented fabric softener or 1/3 of the recommended amount.
  6. Keep pets away from blankets.
  7. Labels will be sewn on at the meeting only.
  8. Last but not least - add an abundant amount of love and prayer.
 
Remember:
  • Goodies
  • Blankets
  • Share Table Items
 

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!!Notes of Gratitude!!
We are fortunate to have the support of Helen of Troy and thank them for including us in their community service efforts.
 
Thank you to Mr. Miguel Hernandez of Trivent Financial.  His organization donated $250 to our Chapter.  Inge and Susannah, THANK YOU for working on this grant to Project Linus of El Paso.
 
Goodies
Please remember to bring goodies if you can!  
 
Name Tags
Please wear your name tag at the meetings.  Feel free to create your very own.  To save our precious funds, paper name tags will be available to new members only.
 
PRIDE Center
A few months ago, we had a chance to learn about the PRIDE Center (Preparation and Resources for Independence through Determination with Excellence) from a representative of Child Protective Services.
 
The PRIDE Center is a comprehensive one-stop resource center here in El Paso that assists current and former youth in foster care between the ages of 16-25.  The goal of the Center is to help these young people work toward independence and self-sufficiency.  To learn more about the PRIDE Center, please see their website at: http://www.elpasohumanservices.org/pridecenter.
 
If you are interested in donating household goods, please contact the center at (915) 533-4200.  The PRIDE Center is located at 820 Montana St., El Paso, TX, 79902.
 
Teaching and Learning Opportunities
Some blanketeers have expressed an interest in learning new techniques in quilting, crochet, etc.  If there is something new you would like to learn or teach the group, please let Lupe, Denise, Pat B., or Sara know. We will try to set up a schedule and teach something new at the meetings.