I am not sure where the summer went though I know I did spend a bit of it sidelined by a bout with Covid. I am vaccinated and boosted, but that virus is sneaky and one that I’d prefer not to meet again.
We cancelled our August meeting so I could re-establish my blanket energy. It has returned and I am proud to announce that as of our beginning in May 2018, our Humboldt Chapter has made 1,877 blankets and distributed 1,809 of those blankets to children in need of a blanket hug in our community.
I continue to be impressed with the creativity and kindness of our Blanketeers. Many of them have been a part of our chapter’s work since we began in May 2018. The pandemic posed some challenges as you all know, but it did not stop us from blanket production and distribution!
Our connection with local agencies working with children keeps our sewing machines humming. Here are just a few examples of how our blankets are used.
One agency who works with teens who have mental health challenges and need an out of county placement receive a blanket to take with them which they keep after their return to Humboldt County. Another agency that provides shelter to homeless families, gives each child a blanket when they leave the shelter and move into their new home.
Sometimes our blankets are used to comfort a teen experiencing the death of a family member. Our blankets have also been used to warm up a child who is having serious medical issues sometimes requiring treatment out of the area.
In addition to acknowledging our Blanketeers, I also want to acknowledge our community donors: Coast Central Credit Union, Humboldt Sponsors and Soroptimists International of Humboldt Bay. Their generous financial support to our chapter has helped us to purchase blanket making supplies like fabric and batting. These funds have also helped us maintain our meeting space (Buttons in Eureka) where we meet monthly to sew up blankets.
We also have two special women, you know you are, who do beautiful quilting at no charge on blanket tops sewn by our Blanketeers. These ladies have also made donations of blanket fabric much of which gets sewn into our chapter’s blankets each month.
This is the time of year when one thinks about all those things to be thankful for in life. As the Chapter Coordinator, I am thankful for our Blanketeers and our sponsors/supporters who have made the 1,811 blankets possible. And I am grateful to the agency staff who make sure that our Project Linus blankets get wrapped around a child in our community who needs one.