First Quarter Newsletter, March 2022

CHAPTER COORDINATOR’S MESSAGE, Ellen Knoefel

The world is in turmoil, our hearts are aching, and we are each asking what we can do. What a helpless feeling we have. Individually we need to research and find where we wish to donate, the need is great. You have answered the call for blanket donations. Our inventory was extremely low at the end of February, but we have collected many since that time and will be able to fill all the requests for the next month, many thanks to each of you.

I am hoping by the time of the second quarter newsletter I will be able to write about plans for a Volunteer Event. So much time has passed since we got together, and I know we are all looking forward to that magical afternoon of catching up with old friends. I am just waiting for word from the church as to when they will let this happen.


BLACK MOUNTAIN PL

Sara Hill, teacher, and quilter extraordinary, led a group in Black Mountain for over 20 years. They met once a month to make quilts for Project Linus. When the world stopped with Covid, so did this practice of gathering in person. She is ready to renew this activity so consider joining in this fun afternoon. The group will meet the first Friday of the month at 1:00. The location is the lower level of the Tomahawk Center at Lake Tomahawk in Black Mountain. The next get together will be May 6th.

No supplies are necessary as the actual blankets are made at home. This is an opportunity to get help on unfinished projects, ask questions, get new ideas and practice quilting skills. New quilters can receive help on getting started and are provided tips plus problem solutions. There will be cutting tools and some machines available. If you wish more information, you can contact Sara at saraprhill@bellsouth.com,


BOOKS FOR GOOD

Remember to shop at Books for Good located at 50 Heritage Park Drive in Fletcher. Books for Good is our major source of income and we want to help them move their huge inventory. As of this quarter we have received over $6,000.00 from them. This comes from the used books that you take to them and once sold PL receives a quarterly check. This is the main revenue source that keeps this chapter running. They have thousands of books but need thousands of shoppers. You can help spread the word. If you have any new best sellers, they would love to have them.

IN KIND TAX RECIPTS

I am including this one more time as there were quite a few that did not realize this new policy and have called wondering why they did not get a receipt. In the past over 200 receipts were mailed out, this year, there were only 12 requests to process-an enormous difference to the workload and expense. This will also be the policy for 2022. Make a note on your calendar that if you wish a receipt, contact Ellen next winter.

THANK YOU NOTES

Rarely do we receive a thank you note, but when one arrives, I forward on to the blanket maker. I do not give out any addresses but have them on file so that I can do this. Now we are getting emails and if I know who the recipient is I send them on. This one I wish to share with each of you.

“I just wanted to say thank you for such a kind gesture. We visited Mission’s Children’s Hospital for some tests for our 6-year-old son. Our son was uneasy about the procedures but was greeted by one of the nurses with a cozy blanket from you folks. He calmed down almost immediately and has been wrapped in it ever since. We appreciate all the hard work that goes into making those.”

This one is for the Ann’s out there:

“Thank you so much for your kind service. Our son is 2 and he loved his baseball blanket Ann made for him. Your kindness does not go unnoticed. God bless and we hope you all have a blessed day.”


EMAIL ADDRESSES

We are now communicating by email and realize that we lack quite a few of these addresses. If you know of someone who is not getting the newsletter, please let me know so that we can add this to our spreadsheet. Helen McConnell does a wonderful job sending out information, but if we do not have your address, you are not going to receive it.

BLANKET DROP-OFF SITES

Asheville:

JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store

80 S Tunnel Road

Asheville Cotton Company

1378 Hendersonville Road STE B

Hendersonville:

Grace Lutheran Church

1245 Sixth Avenue West

JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store

Blue Ridge Mall Shopping Center

Sheridan Kay Quilting

1680 Spartanburg Highway

Weaverville:

5 Little Monkeys Quilt and Sew

32 North Main Street

First QUARTER STATISTICS

In Out

January 275 292

February 329 411

March 369 284

First Quarter Totals 973 987


With these latest numbers our chapter has now distributed 84,707 blankets!

Number of knitted dolls and stuffed animals donated and distributed this quarter: 125

Weighted blankets donated to date: 1,367


Ellen Knoefel 10 Highland Pointe Drive

Weaverville, NC 28787


Phone (home) 828-645-8800

(cell) 828-231-9490

Email: gknoefel@charter.net

Website: www.projectlinusofwnc.org

www.projectlinus.org

COUNTY CONTACTS


Chapter Coordinator

Ellen Knoefel 828-645-8800

Buncombe County

Ennis Julian 702-499-3567

Cherokee, Clay, and Graham Counites

Ellen Knoefel 828-645-8800

Haywood County

Mariam Howell 828-456-5154

Henderson County

Helen McConnell 828-779-0361

Jackson and Macon Counties

Ellen Knoefel 828-645-8800

Madison County

Nancy Fish 828-768-1344

McDowell County

Mary Ledbetter maryledbetter@hotmail.com

Mitchell County

Janet Jackson 661-319-8286

Transylvania County

Pat Crawford 828-883-8746

Yancy County

Vicki Fox 828-680-9167


EVERY DAY IS ANOTHER CHANCE TO GET STRONGER, TO EAT BETTER, TO LIVE HEALTHIER AND TO BE THE BEST VERSION OF YOU!


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