Celebration of our 15,000th blanket delivery
We celebrated the delivery of our 15,000th blanket at Fontanella's Italian Restaurant in Matthews, NC, on April 26, 2014. It was lots of fun and the food was delicious. We are excited to think that we have given security and hugs to many children due to the help of many agencies and organizations. Thank you to all of you who help us by donating blankets, funds, or in-kind items.
Welcome to our website. Let us share with you our terrific organization. We make, collect, and distribute hand made blankets to children who are seriously ill, in crisis, or who have experienced trauma. We meet monthly and enjoy each others' company on a casual basis. Please feel free to join us on any second Tuesday of the month in the classroom inside the Hobby Lobby store at 2310 Matthews Township Parkway (Highway 51) in Matthews. We meet from 4 to 8 P.M. and tend to our blankets as well as share ideas, skills, and information. Contact me at Crewsquarters@aol.com if you have any questions.
We ask that no fleece blankets be left at our drop off sites until further notice. It takes twice as long to "fix" a poorly made blanket as it does to make one from scratch, and we have an over abundance of them at this time. Remaking a blanket takes up valuable time that we can use to make quilts or knitted blankets as well as fleece. If you are scheduling a group Make a Blanket Session, please contact us and we will be most happy to come to your event, bring supplies needed, and teach your group the proper technique for making better fleece blankets for our area. The national organization requires that the blankets we distribute be made to certain standards and if they don't meet those requirements, we cannot deliver them to the children without substantial remaking on our part. We hope you understand and help us in this endeavor.
Our meetings are very casual, so jeans are welcome. We like to receive donations of hand made blankets, cloth, yarn, sewing supplies, money, and help with making blankets from donated materials . If you know of a child who needs a blanket donation, please contact us at the above addresses.
We hope you will help us provide comfort and security to children in some type of special need by making blankets or contributing to our efforts. Some of the agencies we distribute our blankets through are: Ronald McDonald House in Charlotte, CMC Levine, Presbyterian Hospitals, Blume Cancer Treatment Center, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police, Kindermourn, A Child's Place, Thompson Childrens Center, Salvation Army Center for Hope Homeless Shelters and Free Children's clinic, Mint Hill Police and Fire, Matthews Police, and others. If your organization deals with children in crisis, and you'd like to receive some of our blankets for them, please contact us.
Please note that our meetings begin at 4:00 PM and go until 8:00 PM.
Hobby Lobby closes at 8 PM, so we start packing up around 7:45 PM. We are always glad to see you, even if you come at 7:55, but we do have to leave by 8:00, so keep that in mind.
Our meetings are casual, so the reason for extending the hours is that many want and need to come to the meetings in time to get home before dark, but many can't come till later when they get off work. Come when you can, stay as long or short as you wish. You will be welcome.