Fall 2019 Updates

COORD’S CORNER

I cannot believe we are entering the fourth and final quarter of 2019 already.  I am so pleased with the productivity and generosity of this chapter.  Tucson is truly a giving city and we are the beneficiaries of it.  I expect to close out the year with a bang!

As most of you know, my brother has been fighting cancer for most of this past year.  He is finally at peace now and free of his pain.  We will miss him so much but he lives on in his children and grandchildren!

SATELLITE CHAPTER NEWS

Earlier this year, I established a satellite chapter in Heber/Overgaard with a huge helping hand from Mary Tanner.  She has jumped in as the leader of the group with much enthusiasm and energy.  They are growing each month, adding more and more talented blanketeers as the word is spreading in the area.  Mary has 2 facilities to deliver blankets to each month and more to touch base with as the supply of blankets grows.  I can’t thank Mary enough for the work she has put into making this a success!  The children in the White Mountains are very lucky to have her and her group!!

I have also begun working with a group of blanketeers in the Sierra Vista area.  The plans are in progress to have a drop off site for them as well.  Again, they are so talented and we are lucky to have them as part of our organization!

GRANTS RECEIVED

I would be remiss if I didn’t say a huge Thank You to the following foundations and companies for supporting this chapter thru their generous grants and donations:

  • Sundt Foundation
  • Wal-Mart
  • Foothills Club of Tucson

Many, many thanks!!

BLANKET SIZES

Many have asked that I keep posting the blanket sizes that this chapter is needing.  Keep in mind, these are guidelines.  We rarely cannot find a home for a blanket.  But do try to stay close to these sizes.  We can’t find many children who are only 30” wide and 6′ tall.

Preemie: nothing smaller than 30”x30” up to 35”x35”. These blankets must be quilted and not tied and the yarn must be a very tight stitch to keep tiny arms and legs from becoming tangled.

Baby: 36”x36” to 40”x40”.  Please use age appropriate prints and fabrics.

Child: 40”x40” to 45”x45”.  Keep in mind that we have boys in that 8-10 age group so choose patterns and fabrics to please them.  We are always short on boy blankets.

Teen: 45”x45” to 45”x60”.  Again, keep in mind that a teen boy doesn’t need baby ducks or teen girls may not want Disney princesses!

Please do not put fringes on the knitted and crocheted blankets.

Our chapter seems to need the baby and child sizes the most but please don’t forget the teens, especially the teen boys!

And as always, check and double check for pins, odors and pet fur. Due to the chance of allergies, we cannot use wool or wool blends of any sort.

MEETING DATES

We have our monthly meeting inside the Sundt Construction building at 2015 W. River Road the 3rdFriday of each month at 9:30 a.m.  Please join us!  We have a short business meeting, show and tell, and the distribution of the blankets.  This coming quarter, the dates are October 18, November 15 and December 20.

SIT AND SEW DAYS

Each month on the last Monday, we have a work day at Aviva Children’s Services, 153 S. Plumer from 10 to 3.  All blanketeers are welcome, not just quilters!  Bring your current project, your sewing machine, knitting needles and crochet hooks, as well as a brown bag lunch.  I will bring fabric kits and yarn kits for those who need something to work on. This is a day to relax, visit and create blankets!  This quarter, the dates are October 28 and November 25.  There will be no December date due to the holidays.

MYSTERY QUILT CHALLENGE 

I want to say a special Thank You to all of you participating in the Challenge this year! I would love to have a picture of the final product to put into our Project Linus scrapbook.  For those of you who attend the meetings, please bring in your blanket for Show & Tell!

UPCOMING EVENTS
10/14 – Work day at Vail del Webb
10/18 – Monthly meeting
10/21 – Santa Catalina Catholic Church 
10/23 – Rotaract Club @ U of A
10/28 – Sit & Sew
11/01 – Good Deeds Done Together in Green Valley
11/15 – Monthly meeting
11/25 – Sit & Sew
11/27 – Amphi Middle School’s Day of Kindness
12/03 – U of A Athletes
12/20 – Monthly meeting

For more information on any of these dates, please contact me.

BLANKET TOTALS

For those of you interested in keeping a tally of the number of blankets our chapter has delivered:

4942 as of September 30!!  Thank you to all who have made this possible!

The best kind of sleep under heaven above, is under a blanket handmade with love.

Rene Lassise, Coordinator

520-574-2103
rmrjlassise@q.com

Mystery Yarn Challenge

In the past few years, Project Linus has held a Quilting Mystery Challenge. We’ve decided that it’s time to offer that fun to those who knit and crochet!

Sign up to join the Knit & Crochet Along by visiting Project Linus National’s website and clicking the register now button.

Every two weeks, we will release a new part of each pattern. Each pattern has 5 parts and at the end of the 10-week period we will have the Big Reveal, where the complete look of the blanket will available.

This event is a fundraiser for Project Linus. Your donation of $15 (or $30 if you choose to register for both the knit and crochet patterns) will allow you access whichever pattern you registered to make a complete blanket. The blanket is yours to keep, or you can donate it back to Project Linus Tucson to share with a child in need.

Blanket Numbers

2017 was a busy year for Project Linus, both nationally and here in Tucson. Let’s look at the numbers.

  • There are 295 Project Linus chapters in the US.
  • The Tucson chapter deliveres 6,845 blankets in 2017.
  • Project Linus Tucson has delivered 72,945 blankets since our start in spring of 1999.
  • 6,673,024 blankets have been distributed across the country since Project Linus emerged in 1995.
  • The average blanket is approximately 60″ long. If we were to connect all of the blankets, thatwe would have 6,319 miles of blankets.  That is as tall as 1,151 Mt. Everests, or the length of 92,680 football fields!
  • We are an all-volunteer organization (with the exception of our national president and her part-time assistant). The average coordinator donate approximately 20 hours per week to Project Linus. If the 295 coordinators were paid at $8.00 per hour, Project Linus would need $2,454,400 a year (or $8,320 per coordinator).

We sincerely appreciate all of the people who donate their time and skills to Project Linus. We couldn’t share blanket hugs with children without you.

Thanks to Eagles Wings Quilts/Arizona Vac & Sew

Tim and Dena Dority at Eagles Wings Quilts/Arizona Vac and Sew have been long-time supports of Project Linus Tucson. They opened Eagles Wings Quilting in Casa Grande, AZ on January 14th, 2010. They had one longarm quilting machine. As their business grew, they started offering more services, including a full array of quilting fabrics, notions, and sewing machines. In theFall of 2011, Tim and Dena purchased AZ Vac and Sew Center in Tucson from Ron Sanchez, who has stayed on as a part-time sewing machine repairman.

Tim and Dena have decided that it is time to retire. Project Linus Tucson would like to extend a huge thank you to Tim, Dena and their entire staff for their support of Project Linus Tucson. They opened their workroom to us so that we could have monthly Sit & Sew sessions. They have also been a drop-off location for blankets and quilting supplies. The Doritys have been a treasured partner to our organization, and they will be sorely missed. We wish Tim and Dena a well-earned and peaceful retirement full of Project Linus blanket hugs.

Thank you for everything!
Project Linus Tucson

Hurricane Survivors Need Blanket Hugs

Project Linus National is collecting handmade blankets to help the families impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, and Hurricane Irma in Florida. We have set a goal of collecting 5000 blankets to share. In order to have a coordinated delivery, we have specific guidelines.

  • Blankets should be in the 40″x 50″ approximate size. Absolutely nothing smaller than a 36″ square blanket will be accepted.
  • Fleece, quilts, soft knitted and crocheted blankets will all be accepted.
  • To be included with the Project Linus delivery, all blankets must be handmade.
  • We are also asking for monetary donations to help with shipping costs. Checks can be sent to our chapter coordinator. Please make checks payable to Project Linus Tucson and send them to the address below.
  • All blankets must be checked, labeled and ready to ship by September 23rd.

If you have any questions, please contact our chapter coordinator by phone or via email.

Rene Lassise, Tucson Chapter Coordinator
7981 S. Farmview Place
Tucson, AZ 85756
520-574-2103
rmrjlassise@q.com

Thank you for helping Project Linus share blanket hugs with families in need.

Amazon Smile Helps Project Linus

Are you an Amazon shopper? Great! Shopping with Amazon Smile is a simple way to donate to Project Linus. You’ll find the exact same prices as shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. It’s that easy.

For more ways to support Project Linus Tucson, check out our Donations page.

Join the Summer 26 Miles in 26 Days Challenge

Summer is always a “slow time” for Project Linus donations. Many of us travel, and Tucson’s winter visitors beat the heat by leaving the desert. Here’s a way to stay active and contribute to Project Linus, regardless of where you are.

Please join Project Linus for the Summer 26 Miles in 26 Days Challenge. It’s quick, it’s healthy, it’s fun, AND you can help Project Linus in the process. The challenge starts on June 20th, the official start of summer, and ends on July 29th.

You can achieve your goal in any way you choose: biking, running, walking, swimming, rollerblading, etc. You must complete one mile (or more) per day, and you must do this for twenty-six days. (However, you do have thirty days to complete the challenge, which gives you a little “wiggle room” to finish). If you can’t complete a full mile all at once, break it into portions. Walk a quarter mile four times a day, or break it into steps. One mile is approximately 10,000 steps.

Anyone can participate. How about challenging your friends, family, guild members, church friends, and neighbors to this twenty-six day fitness challenge? Participants who complete the 26 Day Challenge will receive a beautiful Special Event Medal. To sweeten the deal, if you and the people you invited both complete the challenge, you will get a extra prize.

How to Register:
There is a $19 registration fee. Part of the registration fee will be donated to Project Linus. Just click here to register.

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Project Linus Tucson Teams Up with Christ Lutheran Church

Project Linus Tucson was recently highlighted in the Vail Voice for the service project it conducted at the Del Webb Rancho Del Lago in Vail. Chapter leaders Renee Lassise and Dale Shoots met up with 25 volunteers from the quilting group of Christ Lutheran Church. The group made 60 blankets that will be distributed throughout hospitals in Pima County to children in need. The quilters from Christ Lutheran Church meet on the first Monday of every month. They have donated 142 blankets to Project Linus Tucson so far this year. They believe that “we may not be able to make much change in the world at large, but as individuals, our work, our volunteerism, and our service to others can make a big change in our part of the world.”

Project Linus Tucson is very grateful for the contributions of Christ Lutheran Church, and we look forward to continuing our work with their volunteers.

Project Linus Honored by Washington State Senate

Last month, the Washington State Senate today passed Senate Resolution 8646, honoring the participants of Project Linus for providing handmade blankets to seriously ill and traumatized children.

Formed in 1995, Project Linus gained national notoriety in the wake of the Columbine High School shooting, when Project Linus organizers founded National Make a Blanket Day, sending handmade blankets to local chapters in Denver. The Tucson chapter of Project Linus was founded in 1999.

There are eleven Project Linus chapters in Washington state, and their blanketeers create, collect and distribute thousands of blankets to children in need every year, just as we do here in Tucson. Washington State Senator Sam Hunt said that he sponsored the resolution because “the simple gesture of providing blankets made with love to children diagnosed with severe illnesses so often brings a moment of peace in the face of pain.”

We’re very proud of our fellow blanketeers in Washington and applaud them for their recognition.

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Project Linus Tucson is very lucky to have been selected for the Ooroo Auto Cares grant program. You can help us get the grant by liking our photo over on the Ooroo Auto Facebook page, then share the link on your own Facebook profile and encourage your friends to vote for us. The deadline is March 31st.