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Third Quarter Newsletter, September 2023

CHAPTER COORDINATOR’S MESSAGE What a delight it is to wake up to the wonderful crisp air that mother nature is giving us right now. Hopefully the rain is soon to be here as well. Thanks to all who came and supported our Volunteer Appreciation Event. Fun was had by all as we enjoyed the delicious ice cream from Anne B’s, participated in the beautiful selection of craft items, cast our raffle ticket in the bucket with the hopes that we would take home one of the special blankets, enjoyed the travel through the past 25 years and took home the bookmarks created by our own Connie Stanfield.

RUMMAGE SALE Our sale is fast approaching, and I hope you have had the opportunity to go through all your treasures and have found some to share with Project Linus. The sale will take place on Saturday October 21st at the First Congregational Church 1735 5th Ave West in Hendersonville. The hours are 9:00-2:00. Items need to be dropped off on Friday the 20th at the church between 9:00-2:00. All items need to be reasonably priced before being brought to the church. If you find that any of this might be a problem, call Romella at 828-890-4889 or Ellen at 828-645-8800 and we will work out a solution for you. Remember, no clothes, furniture, or electronics. If you wish to retrieve any items that don’t sell, you will need to be at the church on Saturday at 2:00. Arrangements have been made to have Hospice of Hendersonville come and pick up anything that might be left.

YEAR END IN-KIND-TAX RECEIPTS Fall is just beginning but before we know it, we will be celebrating the holidays and working on this year's taxes. In-kind-tax receipts will not be automatically sent you. I will need a request from you. So, as the time draws closer and you wish to have one mailed to you, you must reach out to me. If you know now that this is something, you will need you can go ahead and let me know. Ellen BLANKET DONATIONS You will notice that at the end of this newsletter where we show you blankets in and out that our numbers have never rebounded from COVID. Donations in are rather low which means that we are unable to fill all the requests from the different agencies. Not only that, but the request for blankets continues to rise and we are receiving requests from new facilities. I know that each of you are busy working on your donations and please know that each one is greatly appreciated. My request to you is to help us find new blanket makers, I know they are out there anxious to help provide a child with a blanket hug when it is needed the most. We continually try to get the word out about the mission of Project Linus but realize that there are folks out there that need to be informed. FABRIC SCRAPS Hold on to all your fabric scraps as Leight McAdams is now making them into dog beds for the shelters in the area. She wants all your scraps, but not your pins. Check very carefully to make sure that a stray pin isn’t still attached to your throw aways.

IF YOU DON'T WAKE UP IN THE MORNING ACHING IN EVERY JOINT. YOU'RE PROBABLY DEAD! Be grateful for all those pains. BOOKS FOR GOOD Books for Good has been an important part of Project Linus since they started in 2015. This is a used bookstore that accepts donations in the name of a specific charity and once the book sells the charity receives a monetary donation. They have enabled us to purchase many supplies that we pass on to you. They are in Fletcher at 50 Heritage Park Drive. Their hours are Mon-Fri 12-5 and Saturday 10-2. Their huge holiday sale is fast approaching as it will be Friday November 24th from 10-5 and Saturday November 25 from 10-2. All books, CDs, and DVDs will be 25 % off their already bargain price. I ask that you put supporting them especially during this sale on your priority list. Also, take a minute to visit their website at each time someone visits their website their rankings go up on Google. If you are thinking of donating, they are only accepting books newer than two years and paperback fiction. Helping them is helping all the nonprofits in the area.

E-MAIL ADDRESSES We are now communicating by email and hope that we have all your addresses. I have a list of those that don’t use the computer and will continue to mail out the newsletter to you. If you know of someone who hasn’t received the notices sent out by Helen McConnell, please let Ellen know and we will add this to our list. There are times when we realize that we no longer want to receive different emails. If you find yourself in this situation, no problem, once again let Ellen know and she will see that you are removed from the list. Many thanks to Helen for the good job she does keeping us informed.


We are still meeting on the first Wednesday of the month at the Lutheran Church of the Nativity in Arden. We are meeting from 1:00 until 3:00. We don’t work on making blankets but process all those that have been received during the month, getting them ready for distribution. We would love to have you join us. During this time, we have donated articles for you to pick up. We have added an addition to this table, a “kitty bank, although we consider this a freebie table we are asking if you have extra change that you would consider dropping into the kitty with all money going toward the purchase of supplies. We now have a table with fleece and batting available for $2.00 apiece. The fleece is precut, in pieces “60” x “90”. This is a huge savings from what you would purchase at a retail establishment. We will put the $$$ toward the purchase of more of these items. 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

Third QUARTER STATISTICS In Out July 316 322 August 243 298 September 339 373 TOTAL: 898 993 With these numbers our chapter has now distributed 92,165 blankets COUNTY CONTACTS 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 Sue Swavely 843-478-9090 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

Attn: Ellen Knoefel 10 Highland Pointe Drive

Weaverville, NC 28787

Phone (home) 828-645-8800

(cell) 828-231-9490

Newsletter editor: Laura Moore


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