El Paso Project Linus

Providing Security to Children One Blanket at a Time

Chapter News DECEMBER 2018
Greetings, Blanketeers!
 
Thank you to everyone who attended the December meeting.

 Great work, everyone!

Thank you for all the blankets that will be distributed.

To date we have distributed more than 1000  blankets!!!
 
Please join us for the next meeting on Saturday

January 5, 2019 at 9:30 AM

We had a excellent meeting for December - lots of blankets

and lots of food.  Also had special visitors at this meeting.

Students from the Sandra Day O'Connor Criminal Justice Magnet

made and donated blankets.  Their teacher, Carrie Clancy, 

gave information about the students and one in particular that 

made a beautiful blanket but was too shy to come to the meeting.

Look at the photos - really beautiful blankets from the kids.

On a sad note, we lost one of out beloved blanketeers - Marcia Meister

went home to be with her Lord and Savior.  She will be sorely missed.



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
 
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.