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3rd Quarter Newsletter, September 2021


Fall is certainly in the air, especially on these cool mornings. The leaves are beginning to change and fall, and the temperature is getting cooler. This means that it will be easier to work on those blanket donations. Cooler weather also means that the need for warm hats is just around the corner. Peggy Browning will once again be collecting hats for Pardee Hospital. They like to have them for patients that come for care but fail to bring warm clothing. Peggy has also received a request from Pardee Women’s and Children’s that they loved the baby hats in pink and blue and would like to continue receiving them. So, knitters and crocheters put the leftover yarn from your skeins to clever use and we will see that Peggy gets the hats.

I am still delivering dignity bags to Project Dignity and cloth wipes to Babies Need Bottoms, and they are thrilled to receive the donations. If you wish to know more about these groups, you can look them up online or I will be happy to talk to you about their mission.


With your donations I was able to take 74 blankets to Cruso to help in the time of flooding. The Sheriff’s Department requested 30 so that they could include them in bags that they were putting together. The Red Cross received 30 for their emergency disaster relief program, a total of 134 headed to Haywood County. Thank you.


Many times, during these past 18 months plans have needed to be changed and thus we felt it necessary to postpone the event that we had hoped to have in October. As much as we wanted to be together, your safety is the most important thing, and this did not seem to be the right time to gather in a large crowd. I am being extremely optimistic that we will be able to be together in the spring. In the meanwhile, do your part to stay healthy.


Blankets need to be new, washable and child friendly, but they also need to be free of pet dander. We have received blankets that are full of pet hair. We are dealing with children, many who are in compromised health situations, and this could bring misery to them. I also ask that you take extra care in checking your blankets for any stray pins that might be hiding.


“My daughter was admitted to Mission Hospital and received your beautiful quilt. My mother is a quilter back in Nebraska and I remember quilt shows, the State Fair and loads of fabric scraps all over the house. I truly appreciate your quilt. It makes me feel like grandma is watching over my daughter. I hope that you are well. If you ever find yourself in Lincoln, NE be sure to visit their impressive quilt museum. Thank you, Brian,…..


This special used bookstore will be holding their Holiday Sale on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. (26/27). Their prices are always amazingly low so try the sale for a delightful surprise.

It is located at 50 Heritage Park Drive in Fletcher. It is a blessing to so many nonprofits in our area. As you know, they accept used books in good condition in the name of a specific charity. When the books sell, a percentage of the sale goes back to the charity.

They receive many donations and can only accept one box of books at a time. Their hours are 12-5 Monday-Friday and 10-2 on Saturday. Please help them out by stopping by the store and encouraging others to do the same.


For the year 2021 NO in kind tax receipts will be mailed out unless I receive a request from you. If you wish to receive a copy let me know and I will put one in the mail. Since the tax laws have changed so drastically, I know that very few use this receipt therefore the decision was made. You can let me know at

“If you don’t have a sense of humor, you probably don’t have any sense at all.”



JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store

80 S Tunnel Road

Asheville Cotton Company

1378 Hendersonville Road STE B


Grace Lutheran Church

1245 Sixth Avenue West

JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store

Blue Ridge Mall Shopping Center

Sheridan Kay Quilting

1680 Spartanburg Highway


5 Little Monkeys Quilt and Sew

32 North Main Street


In Out

July 401 446

August 264 414

September 366 337

Third Quarter Totals 1,031 1,197

With these latest numbers our chapter has now distributed 82,701 blankets!

Number of knitted dolls and stuffed animals donated and distributed this quarter: 72

Weighted blankets donated to date: 1,362

Ellen Knoefel 10 Highland Pointe Drive

Weaverville, NC 28787

Phone (home) 828-645-8800

(cell) 828-231-9490


Chapter Coordinator

Ellen Knoefel 828-645-8800

Buncombe County

Ennis Julian 702-499-3567

Cherokee, Clay, and Graham Counties

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

Mitchell County

Janet Jackson 661-319-8286

Transylvania County

Pat Crawford 828-883-8746

Yancy County

Vicki Fox 828-680-9167


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