Community Service Projects – Louisville

Project: Food Drive to benefit the Dare to Care Food Bank in Louisville.

The mission of Dare to Care is to lead their community to feed the hungry and conquer the cycle of need.  They fulfill this mission through innovative programs, efficient operations and by partnering with over 300 food pantries, shelters and emergency kitchens.

Dare to Care Food Bank’s Top 10 most needed items are peanut butter, soup, canned fruit, beans, rice, tuna, cereal, fruit juice, pasta, and canned vegetables.  Donations will be accepted in the Good Sam Culinary Experience Area of the Exhibit Hall.

Project: Blanket Drive to benefit Project Linus.

The Rally is recruiting “Blanketeers”

BLANKETEERS – Please bring your blankets to the Project Linus Collection Table located near the Day Stage.  The collection table will be open June 21 -24 from 10am to 3pm.

 

We are delighted to announce that Good Sam will partner with Project Linus for a Blanket Drive at all three 2012 Rallies. Project Linus is a nationwide non-profit organization that provides blankets for children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. Blankets are collected locally and distributed to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere that a child might be in need of a big hug!

Good Sam Rally guests can get involved by knitting, crocheting, quilting blankets for donation and bringing them to the Rally. Children and new crafters can participate also by making no-sew fleece blankets.

Visit the Project Linus Facebook page to learn more about the important work this organization is doing around the nation.

So what are you waiting for? Here are some resources to help your get started on your blankets.

Blanket Guidelines:

  • Blankets can be crocheted, knitted, quilted or sewn. Any method is acceptable.
  • Choose a soft, washable fabric or soft acrylic yarn. Colors should be age appropriate, colorful, bright and cheerful.
  • Here are some approximate sizes (these are guidelines only, not absolutes):
    Newborn baby – 25″by 30″-35″
    Toddler – 35″ by 40″ – 45″
    Child – 40″ by 60″
    Teen – 50″ x 72″
  • Finished blankets should be stored in a pet free, smoke free environment.

Patterns:

Suggested patterns from Project Linus National Headquarters – http://www.projectlinus.org/links.html

PL Phoenix West Valley Chapter Patterns (PDF files) – http://www.prjlinus-phxwestvalley.org/Pattern.html

Fleece Blanket Patters (including “no-sew” options) – http://www.linusidaho.org/finishafleeceblanket.htm

Quilt by Linda in Oracle, AZ

Afgans by members of the Peach City Good Samers

Baby Blanket

Other ways you can help:

  • Donate materials such as yarn, batting, or fabric. Or donate gift cards to fabric and craft stores.
  • Donate office supplies such as stamps, paper, or printer ink cartridges.
  • Volunteer time to write thank you notes, sew on labels, make quilts, or help with the newsletter.
  • Help out with your local chapter. There are more than 300 Project Linus chapters in the United States, Canada, and England. To find a chapter near you, visit the Project Linus National Headquarters web site.
If you would like more information or have a question about The Good Sam Rally’s 2012 Blanket Drive please contact the program coordinator at 1-800-765-1912 x424 or by email to msidnam@goodsamfamily.com.

Newborn, Infant, Toddler and Teen blankets crocheted by Suzan

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