Fourth Quarter 2014 Newsletter - Project Linus Coachella Valley

Project Linus - Coachella Valley Chapter
phone: 760.883.0029
email: [email protected]
Quarter 4 - 2014
Coachella Valley Chapter
Local Drop-off Locations:
Monica's Quilt & Bead Creations
77-780 Country Club Dr.
Palm Desert, CA
(760) 772-2400
The Yarn Co of Palm Desert
73661 Hwy 111
Palm Desert, CA
(760) 341-7734
Jo-Ann Fabrics
72765 Dinah Shore Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA
(760) 321-6570
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Our Mission
First, it is our mission to provide love, a
sense of security, warmth and comfort to
children who are seriously ill,
traumatized, or otherwise in need
through the gifts of new, handmade
blankets and afghans, lovingly created
by volunteer “blanketeers.”
Second, it is our mission to provide a
rewarding and fun service opportunity
for interested individuals and groups in
local communities, for the benefit of
Letter from the Coordinator
I had the best intentions of getting this newsletter out much sooner… but
sometimes life doesn’t go according to plan. Along with caring for a new
baby, my mother (who always helps me out with all of the Linus work) has
been battling breast cancer. I’ve been caring for her and my father so my
time has been a bit limited. Thank you for being patient and understanding
while I go through some adjustments. So, finally, here is the end of the year
wrap up- better late than never as they say. Please read on to learn about our
most productive quarter yet.
It is also bittersweet to announce that I will soon be stepping down as
coordinator and shortly, moving to New York City. My husband has been
offered an exciting job opportunity and so we are off to the East Coast. I am
looking for a replacement to carry on the important mission of Project Linus
here in the Coachella Valley and I am hoping it might be one of you or
someone you know. This is a wonderful charity and I need someone to step
forward to coordinate the chapter’s activity. If you are interested in learning
more about the coordinator position or know someone who may be
interested, please speak with me! If a replacement cannot be found, the
chapter will unfortunately have to close. Let’s keep Linus going here in the
desert! Please contact me for more information! I promise, it’s a great gig!
Holly Kahle, Chapter Coordinator
Find us Online
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @ProjectLinusCV
Project Linus - Coachella Valley Chapter
Chapter Blanket Totals
End of the Year Blanket Tally
Blanket Size Guidelines:
Preemie: 30” x 30”
Newborn: 36” x 36”
Child: 40” x 55” - 60”
Teen: 45” x 65” - 72”
Quarter 4 - 2014
Thanks to the generosity of our amazing blanketeers in 2014, our chapter donated a
total of 2,987 blankets to children in need- that’s over 600 more than last year! Since
the start of the chapter in 2000, an amazing 33,850 blankets have been donated.
Thank you to all of the generous volunteers, our financial donors and our amazing
drop-off locations- Monica’s Quilt & Bead Creations, The Yarn Company and
JoAnn Fabric & Craft.
Baby Girl is Here!
Meet the newest Project Linus member- Brynn Harper Kahle. Born September 25th
at 1:15pm weighing 7lbs 5oz and 19inches long. Mom, Dad and Big Sister Tegan
are all in love with their newest addition to the family.
These are approximate sizes—kids
AND blankets come in all sizes.
We donate to all ages - infants
through teens.
When preparing fabric, be sure to
cut off the selvedge edges to give it a
clean look.
Please visit the national website
where more information and free
pattern links are provided:
Thank you for continuing to sew on
your blanket labels. Please be sure
to completely sew all around the
label to ensure the safety of the
blanket. Please contact the chapter
coordinator if you require more
If you would prefer to receive the
newsletter through email please
contact the chapter coordinator.
The newsletter is also available
online at Receiving the
newsletter electronically saves on
postage and printing!
Fundraising Thank You’s
Our chapter would like to give thanks to the following groups for their recent
financial contributions: Desert Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, Knitting Guild
of the Desert, Sun City Palm Desert BZB’s and the Mom’s Club of Indio/South La
Financial donations to our chapter are primarily used for yarn, fabric, and other
supplies for blanketeers to create more blankets for children in our community.
Funds are also used to cover costs of the newsletter, postage and shipping costs as
they arise.
Project Linus is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our chapter is all volunteer run
and relies on the generous contributions of others to keep us operating. If you are
interested in making a financial contribution to our chapter, please contact the
chapter coordinator for details. Checks can be made payable to Project Linus and a
donation receipt can be provided.
Project Linus - Coachella Valley Chapter
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Project Linus Fun Facts
Here are some interesting facts and figures about Project Linus:
Karen Loucks started Project Linus on December 24, 1995, in Denver, Colorado after reading a magazine article
about a child undergoing chemotherapy and the importance of the child’s “blankie” during treatment.
Project Linus nationally has been alive for 6,942 days as of January 1, 2015.
Project Linus National has had non-profit status since May 12, 1997.
The Coachella Valley chapter of Project Linus started in 2000. As of January 1, 2015, the chapter has donated 33,850
Project Linus nationally has officially collected over five million blankets since January 1,2014. If 60% of them are
fabric, that translates into over 9 million yards of fabric. If 40% are afghans, that is over 16 million skeins of yarn.
If each blanket is an average of 60" long, and we laid them end-to-end, they would stretch over 25 million feet or 4,735
miles. That is as tall as 861 Mt. Everests, or 14,077 One World Trade Center or 20,000 Empire State Buildings or as
long as 75,000 football fields!
Serving Coachella Valley
Project Linus is proud to serve the
following Coachella Valley related
agencies. The blankets and hats
donated have a tremendous impact
on the children who receive them.
The blanket recipients thank you
tremendously for your generosity.
Desert Regional Medical Center
The JFK Foundation
Healthy Beginnings
Marine AirCombat Hospital at 29 Palms
The Barbara Sinatra Children's
Shelter from the Storm
Safe House of the Desert
ABC Recovery Center
Galilee Center
Well in the Desert
Family Services of the Desert
Coachella Valley Sexual
Assault Services
Catholic Charities
Loma Linda University
Children’s Hospital NICU
Project Linus – Coachella Valley
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Become a Blanketeer
Enjoy a rewarding and fun service opportunity
Develop a skill and help the community
All ages and skill levels welcome
Great for groups and individuals
Knit, Crochet, Quilt, Sewn and Fleece Tie are welcome.
Blankets must be clean and smoke/pet dander free
Being a Project Linus
blanketeer is a fun and
rewarding way to give back to
the local community. The
Coachella Valley Chapter
services 14 area charities,
providing blankets to local
children in need.
Drop-off blankets at participating valley locations
Monica's Quilt & Bead Creations
77-780 Country Club Dr.
Palm Desert, CA
(760) 772-2400
Coachella Valley Chapter
C/o Holly Kahle
106 Chelsea Circle
Palm Desert, CA 92260
The Yarn Co of Palm Desert
73661 Hwy 111
Palm Desert, CA
(760) 341-7734
Jo-Ann Fabrics
72765 Dinah Shore Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA
(760) 321-6570