Happy New Year!
I am hoping for a better year for all of us.
I have been busy, trying to find facilities who will accept our blankets as some of our regular deliveries are on hold again due to the Covid pandemic. I donated 205 blankets to Hamilton Elementary School, 50 to the Arizona Patriot Guard Riders, 100 to Sunshine Acres, and another 50 to a refugee group. We also have a new monthly facility, Glendale Fire Response Assistance.
The website has been updated, with the help of my daughter Sam (thanks Sam) with hopefully all updated information. Please let me know if you see anything that needs to be corrected.
Unfortunately, due to the high numbers of Covid cases, we will not be holding the January Bee. We will not be able to have a drop off either. We have bagged January and February's deliveries. Hopefully, the numbers of cases will drop after the Christmas/New Year surge is over. As Arizona is number one in the world, I think we need to be careful and not put anyone at risk. Hopefully, we will see numbers drop and will be able to plan at least a drop off day at the end of February.
We still need blankets so please keep making them! Please keep your finished blankets at home until the end of February, when we can hopefully get them processed and deliveries can be resumed.
I have been working on various reports for the Chapter. I am happy to tell you that we donated 3,690 blankets this year which is amazing considering we were on hold for approximately 6 months. THANK YOU! We gave 3,690 children some extra love.
My family and I were honored just recently. The founder of Project Linus, Karen Loucks-Rinedollar published a book/journal (through Amazon) called Small Steps, Big Feat. It is "A Prompted Pandemic Journal". Why am I sharing this with you? Karen dedicated the book to my husband, Richard, who most of you know was a victim of Covid last March. There are no words to express how much this meant to our family.
No other news for you. As usual, I will publish a monthly newsletter, generally the middle of the month. Thank you for all you do for our Chapter.