OUR STORY: By Joyce Pickett, Chapter Coordinator
While working at Edward’s Sewing Center in February, 2004, Peggy Albertson, former Chapter Coordinator, became involved in Project Linus’ National Make-A-Blanket Day. When she discovered there was no local Project Linus chapter, she was very disappointed. Sitting in church the following day, Peggy started to think about how blessed she was to have healthy children and a happy, healthy granddaughter. She was so very grateful, (and still is), that her family has not had the need for a security blanket. At that moment, she received a very strong call from God to start a local Linus chapter.
Monday Morning Peggy went to the Project Linus website to get more information on how to start a chapter.
She applied, and on April 13, 2004 received an email that she had been approved to begin one in this area. So there we were… Except after 11 years as chapter coordinator and countless hours of dedicated work, Peggy decided that changes in her life required her to step down and turn the reins over to someone else. As her sister, I have been involved with the chapter since its inception and was able to step in and take over as Chapter Coordinator. Peggy will stay involved as a blanketeer and as my consultant, and together we will make sure our chapter continues to flourish and serve the needs of our community.
Our Project Linus Chapter House is located in the Parsonage of the Salem United Church of Christ, 2401 Lake Avenue. The church is located at the corner of Lake Avenue and Carew Street and the parsonage sits at the west end of the church parking lot. We have been very fortunate to have this home donated for our use in making and storing blankets for our community.
The rent is donated, but we are asked to pay the utilities. Since we are volunteers and non-profit, we have not been able to contribute to the utilities. If you are interested in helping with that expense, please contact the Chapter Coordinator, Joyce Pickett.
THE HOUSE OF VOLUNTEERS:
We thank the Salem United Church of Christ
on Lake Ave. for the use of the house.
On Wednesdays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., we meet at the workshop to count, inspect, repair, label, sort, categorize and prepare blankets to be delivered to the many facilities in our community. Please feel free to visit us at any time. Stop in and we will have plenty for you to do. Stay an hour, stay all day – but bring your lunch! We have all the comforts of home: refrigerator, microwave, sergers, sewing machines and cutting tables. Supplies for sewing, knitting, crocheting and quilting. You don’t have to be an expert. Anyone can help and all “blanketeers” are willing to help or teach you new skills.
phone: (260) 486-2010
4508 Blum Drive
Fort Wayne, IN 46835
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