Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Project Linus

As anyone who has read my blog knows, Penny and I have been very active with the local chapter of Project Linus.  Alice, the coordinator for SF/East Bay, is a wonderful lady.  She is always so calm and together.  Guess that comes from many years of being a nurse.
We went to our monthly meeting yesterday evening, with our large bag of goodies. Penny had four ghans made from squares and I had 5 fleece blankies with crocheted borders.  We also had 2 large granny squares from Mattie and a large ghan done by Anita.
Imagine our surprise when Alice told us that she and her husband are selling their house and moving down to San Jose to a retirement community.  They want to live closer to their kids and grand babies and are ready to give up the house they have lived in for 40 years!  Too big!  Too many stairs! 
The biggest shock was still to come!  She is giving up the Project Linus chapter.  This is a group of about a dozen ladies who show up every month with their quilts and afghans. There are several others who come from time to time when schedules permit.  Always willing to share what they know. And very proud that they have donated over 2700 quilts/ghans to children in our area in 3 or 4 years.  What in the world will happen to the group without Alice?
Well, we can't let the group die!  That would be just sinful!  Everyone is just sitting there stunned. No one knows what to do.  We don't want to lose the group or Project Linus.
Well, maybe you have guessed by now that Penny and I volunteered to take over the chapter.  Hope we have not bitten off more than we can chew.  We came home last nite with all the quilts and ghans in the back of my poor, dirty Volvo.  We are meeting with Alice next week to learn the ropes of where to go, what to take, and how to report what we are doing to headquarters.  Denise of Sisters and Stitches, the quilt shop where we have been meeting, says we can continue on there with same schedule we have been using.  Thank you, Denise.  All the ladies have said they will help in any way they can.
Kris, who lives in Oakland, says she can deliver to Children's Hospital.  My friend, Laurie, said, not to worry, she's here to help.  Thank you all! 
I know the next couple of months will be a little confused until we work out the kinks, but we can do this!

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