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Third Quarter Newsletter, September 2022


Welcome beautiful Autumn. Mother Nature has shown us her wonderful side and a tragic side these past two weeks. Here in our beautiful mountains, we can look out at the slowly changing leaves and marvel at the beauty and understand why so many travel here to find the peace that is offered. One glance at the news coming in from Florida and we know right away that tragedy is at every turn. It is hard to gather our head around such destruction. It will be some time before things settle down enough to know where we would be able to send blankets. I am sure our Nation Office will keep us informed as to what the need might be. When I hear I will reach out.

It was wonderful having the opportunity of seeing so many of you at our ice cream social in August. Many thanks to all who worked so hard to make this a reality after our several years of isolation. It is special to be able to pick up with old friends as if it were yesterday.

Now it is time to think about the holidays and a reminder that as you pick out fabric for your next donation, please remember NO holiday patterns, these children need the blankets for year-round use.


Apple Corporation offers its employees an opportunity to give back to their communities in the way of a monetary donation. Apple Benevity Volunteer Program is a nonprofit that will donate $25.00 an hour for every hour that the employee helps an organization. We have been blessed with BJ Winchester, one of our blanket makers who has taken advantage of this program. Her generosity in making blankets has had us receive over $3,000.00 from Apple. Is there someone else who works for a company that might offer this benefit?


Blankets must be new, washable, handmade, and child friendly. They must not contain any animal dander. Some of those that receive these blankets are in a compromised position and this could jeopardize their health. Love your pets as you should but be mindful about keeping them away from your blankets.


When you check the number of blankets that were given out this past quarter and compare it to the blankets available to distribute, you will understand why our inventory is low at this time. If you know of someone who might be interested in joining us in making blanket hugs, please let me know and I will be happy to send them some information.


This is meant for each of you and never doubt how much your donation means.

“I’m writing this letter because of how much the kindness you showed during some of our hardest days. My 2-year-old granddaughter was hospitalized for pneumonia and running high fevers. Your blanket from the moment she saw it, wanted it, and loves it. After we came home, she still had to sleep with it, even though she had others. What you don’t know was that 1 hour before she was admitted to the hospital, we had to say goodbye to her 11-year-old brother. Their Dad and Mom had just walked him down to have his organs donated to save other lives. Then I got the call to meet them back at the hospital. When I saw the blanket, it meant so much because it reminded me of God’s Rainbow- his promise to never destroy us and be always with us. My granddaughter is doing well now, and her brother is walking with God. Your kindness really is appreciated. The blanket is beautiful and has touched our lives.”


Helen McConnell has been our contact person for Henderson County for many years, she is stepping back, and we welcome Sue Swavely, who has agreed to take over this job. Many thanks for all Helen’s hard work and we are grateful that she has agreed to continue handling our emails. If she doesn’t have yours, please let me know and I will see that she gets your information. This is our main way of keeping in touch.


This wonderful used bookstore located at 50 Heritage Park Drive in Fletcher will be holding their annual sale Thanksgiving weekend, Friday 11/25 (10-5) Saturday 11/26 (10-2). Please support them and thank them for all they do for us. We have received over $6,000.00 from them. When you take them your old books once they are sold, we receive a % of the sale.



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 333 337

August 368 415

September 308 313

Third Quarter Totals 1,009 1,065

With these latest numbers our chapter has now distributed 86,966 blankets!

Number of knitted dolls and stuffed animals donated and distributed this quarter: 143

Weighted blankets donated to date: 1,371

It’s never too early or too late to work towards being the healthiest you.

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

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


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