From Our mailbox – Richmond University Medical Center Staten Island, NY

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Dear Blankie Depot Volunteers,

Thank you so much for sending those beautiful blankets our way. The women who crochet them are so talented. I have given some to the NICU, Pediatrics (inpatient and ambulatory care), newborn nursery, and adult ambulatory oncology (as these people feel the cold so easily). They are sure to brighten the patient’s day.

Many thanks,

AVP Women & Children’s Services & Nursing Education

 

From Our mailbox – K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center

K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital

Dear Blankie Depot Team,

Thank you so very much for your generous donation of handmade blankets to the Pediatric Department at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. The blankets never fail to put a smile on our patient’s faces or make them feel closer to home. We genuinely appreciate your devotion and generosity towards our young patients.

Thank you again,

Certified Child Life Specialist

 

 

Thank You!

TO ALL OUR NEW FRIENDS FROM THE QUILTING FOR CHARITY, YARN ARTS AND CRAFTING COMMUNITY WHO CAME OUT IN SUPPORT OF NJ RESIDENTS IMPACTED BY HURRICANE SANDY, THANK YOU!

THE COMFORTING MESSAGE YOUR HANDMADE GIFTS HAVE HAD ON HUNDREDS OF RESIDENTS WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR A VERY LONG TIME! YOU NOT ONLY SHARED YOUR TIME AND CONSIDERABLE TALENTS WITH US, YOU PROVIDED BIG HUGS OF HOPE TO FAMILIES WHEN THEY NEEDED IT MOST. YOUR LETTERS OF SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT MADE THE LARGE TASK OF DISTRIBUTION A PRIVILEGE.

BEAUTIFUL, ONE OF A KIND HANDMADE QUILTS, HATS, SCARVES AND SOFT TOYS ARRIVED FROM: Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Toronto CANADA and the South of France.

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Our Caravan of Love, volunteer delivery team, coordinated weekly donations of handmade adult quilts and children’s blankets to 15 out of 21 counties in New Jersey from October to February specifically for families impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

We recognize the commitment of our dedication drivers: Cliff, Liz, Kim, Greg, Wendy, Al, Judy, Patti, Anne, Debbie and Nicole from the earliest days of the super storm until the last request arrived. A special note of thanks to Danny for covering our daily cardboard and recycling detail! Remarkably, more than 1,700 quilts came through out doors during five very busy months!

This was the first time in our fifteen year history where we were recipients. Blankie Depot is headquartered in the bayshore area of New Jersey and 45% of our volunteer network hails from a county directly hit by Sandy. All of us worked together to distribute beautiful, one of a kind, handmade blankets, hats, scarves and items created in record time for entire families wiped out by unheard of winds and flooding. We will never forget the kindness and compassion offered to us by the crafting for charity movement.

Project ideas beyond blanket making

2013 Demonstration poster—Service project

2013 Demonstration poster—Service project

Several times a year, we are contacted by youth volunteers interested in support our mission in unique but equally helpful ways; project ideas beyond blanket making.  One such recent project was completed by a young lady who constructed a demonstration poster for us to use when we give live presentations at schools, community centers and volunteer conferences.  The table top tri-fold standee is ideal for sharing our mission and accomplishments with volunteers we meet at special events.

Daily Point of Light award

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PROJECT LINUS NJ, INC. “BLANKETEERS”

Award Number: 1953

On Jan. 8, 1993, President George H. W. Bush submitted a report to the nation on his efforts to engage Americans in service.  He called these volunteers “points of light.”  In 2001, we received a Point of Light Award from President Bush to recognize our volunteer efforts.  The Points of Light has inspired and recognized thousands for their voluntary service and celebrated the impact volunteers have on communities around the world. On a national scale, only 4,500 Daily Point of Light honorees have been named to date.

Caravan of Love – Blankie Depot’s volunteer delivery team

photo supplied and donations created by Alice Zagury, volunteering since 2002.

photo supplied and donations created by Alice Zagury, volunteering since 2002.

By 2000, we had grown considerably in knit, crochet and quilting volunteers and our next challenge was recruiting a dedicated delivery team to help us reach recipients county to county.  During our first noticeable growth spurt, our Caravan of Love was born!  Each year, a team of people volunteer their time by transporting handmade donations to all 21 counties in NJ; week by week as we work through our recipient roster.  300-600 handmade items every week head out our doors, delivered by this very dedicated team.

I know without our volunteers stopping by with pickups from our drop off bins and the delivery team coordinating donations we would be hard pressed to meet the needs of our clients on a regular basis.  If you would like to join our team the application process begins here:  http://www.blankiedepo.org/caravan-of-love/driver-application-form/

So join me in acknowledging our current team of busy drivers:  Danny, Greg, Al, Kim, Wendy, Cliff & Liz, Judy, Debbie, Mary Ann, Jeannette, Jane, Nicole, Beverly, Pat, Patti and Anne.

Thank YOU, Caravan of Love!

Service Learning – Rutgers Preparatory School

DayON4Service "Project Blankie" team

DayON4Service “Project Blankie” team

Somerset, NJ — DayON4Service “Project Blankie” team making blankets! These youth volunteers loved working on this wonderful project and will be delighted to know their handiwork will provide comfort to so many tiny recipients and their families. Several students expressed a wish to continue the project beyond our service day, so we will be sending more blankets soon! We look forward to partnering with Blankie Depot again. — Library Assistant, Community Service Coordinator

 

(photo reprint with permission)

Baby Shoe Pattern

Photo and sample by Patti Ryan

Photo and sample by Patti Ryan

NEW PATTERN LINK JUST IN TIME FOR SPRING
FROM MICHAEL MILLER FABRICS

Prepared by Joanna Armour
http://stardustshoes.blogspot.com/2006/05/quilting-tidbits.html

CLOTH BABY SHOES
(soft, hand & machine washable and adorable!)

PATTERN (PDF)
http://www.michaelmillerfabrics.com/Blog/cloth_shoe.pdf

From The Archives: Circa 2001 – International Year of the Volunteer Workshop, YMCA/Red Bank, NJ

photo: YMCA/Red Bank staffers, youth volunteers from four NJ counties, Blankie Depot workshop coordinators and supporters (including Miss New Jersey 2001).

photo: YMCA/Red Bank staffers, youth volunteers from four NJ counties, Blankie Depot workshop coordinators and supporters (including Miss New Jersey 2001).

That year, President, Hillary Roberts, (photo: 4th person from the left) was summoned to Washington, DC to receive an award for our first international project with Bonn, Germany in ordinance with the United Nations World Leadership event.  IYV 2001 was also the beginning of our state-wide, unified volunteer network under our official 501c3 non profit designation.  The beautiful crystal world globe we received from American journalist, Cokie Roberts during the awards ceremony, adorns our HQ to this day!

From Our mailbox – Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

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Dear Blankie Depot,
Being hospitalized is stressful for an adult, so imagine how much more frightening it is for a child. Nice warm blankets help take away this fear and stress for our young patients. Thank you for your generous donation of hats and blankets. Your thoughtful gifts bring delighted smiles to so many small faces in Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. During these challenging economic times, we are especially grateful to be able to give these presents to our patients who have so little. Many of the children are surprised and delighted to learn they can actually take their special gift with them when they are well enough to go home! Your kindness means so much too so many. Thank you for keeping our children in your hearts.

Vice President of Development, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Foundation