The Schuyler Blanket Project

bringing comfort to bereaved parents one square at a time

Fresh Start July 24, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — schuylersmama @ 9:23 am

Hello, “blanketeers!”

As promised, Heather and I met yesterday to discuss the future of the Schuyler Blanket Project. We both agreed that this is an important cause and that it is worth fighting for. However, since we’re down to just two of us running the thing, we felt it would be in the best interests of everyone involved to make some changes. Hopefully these changes will eliminate a lot of confusion and miscommunication.

The biggest change that we decided to implement involves the collection of squares. Up to this point, we had been taking individual pledges for each blanket. The sponsor and supervisor were responsible for keeping track of all the squares that came in for a particular blanket and informing the contributor when the square arrived. This resulted in a lot of emails, Ravelry messages, and confusion.

We have decided to do away with pledges. Beginning on August 1, we will have two “distribution centers” that will collect squares on an on going basis. You, as a contributor, may send as many squares as often as you like to either distribution center. The guidelines for squares will still stand. Each square should still be 8×8″, soft, and washable. However, you no longer have to worry about whether you have the right color for a particular blanket. The people behind the distribution centers will be in charge of sorting the squares and seeing that they get to an appropriate blanket. The PO Boxes for the distribution centers will be posted to this blog and to the group on Ravelry so that you do not have to wait on an email for an address.

We will continue to post the stories of the families for whom we are making the blankets. If a particular story touches you, you are welcome to include a note with your squares indicating that you would like them to go to a certain family. Keep in mind, though, that if your squares arrive after the deadline, they will be put into the stash to be sent to another blanket. Deadlines will be published on the blog and on the Ravelry group.

Our webmaster is continuing to work on the website. In the meantime, please continue to check here for updates. If you know of a family who could use some comfort, an email address will be provided shortly to take requests. PO Boxes will be posted by August 1. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments on this post.

Thank you for all you do!

 

Thank you, Jenifer and Tracey! June 21, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — schuylersmama @ 8:32 am

I am very sad to announce that both Jenifer and Tracey have recently resigned as moderators of the Schuyler Blanket Project. Both of these remarkable ladies have been with the project since it’s beginning in 2009. They have been as hard working and reliable as one could hope for. Their absence will definitely be felt! Thank you so much, ladies, for your dedication!

Heather and I will need to make some changes coming up since we are all that is left of our team of moderators. Please be patient as we work through the kinks. At this time, we feel it’s necessary to stop taking requests for new blankets, but we hope to back on track very soon! Thank you!

 

In memory of Madison March 8, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — schuylersmama @ 12:40 pm

Madison’s mother contacted us recently to request a blanket in memory of her little girl. Madison and her twin brother, Michael, were born on July 22, 2011 at 24 weeks gestation. Madison passed away on July 25. Michael spent many months in the NICU. He went home in January and is doing well.

Please help us support Madison and Michael’s mom during this difficult time. We are collecting 36 8×8″ squares in soft washable fibers. Feel free to use any colors that you like. Squares are due to the sponsor by March 31, 2012. Send an email to Heather to make your pledge. Thank you.

 

For Ilene

Filed under: Uncategorized — schuylersmama @ 12:35 pm

Ilene lost her only son, Nabil, recently. Nabil had had some difficulties in his life, but always did his best to be there for his mother. Nabil is survived by his son, Omar, who now lives with Ilene. Nabil was an avid fan of the New York Yankees and the Jacksonville Jaguars. We would like to include their team colors in this blanket. (Navy blue, white, teal, black, and gold.)

Squares should be 8×8″ ¬†and, as always, soft and washable. They are due to the sponsor by March 31, 2012. Please email Tammany to make your pledge. Thank you.

 

For Megan

Filed under: Uncategorized — schuylersmama @ 12:30 pm

A friend of Megan has requested a blanket on her behalf. Megan had been married for a week and was 23 weeks pregnant when she and her husband learned that their baby no longer had a heartbeat. They named him Charlie.

Please help us bring a little warmth to Megan and her new husband. We are collecting 36 8×8″ squares in boy colors. Please use soft, washable fibers. To make a pledge, email Jenifer. Squares are due to the sponsor by March 31, 2012. Thank you.

 

Welcome, Heather! March 1, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — schuylersmama @ 10:52 am

We have a new moderator! Heather graciously volunteered to help moderate The Schuyler Blanket Project last month. We’re very excited to have her on board. She has some really wonderful ideas for improving the overall efficiency of the group. We’re looking forward to getting to know her better!

Heather will start supervising blankets this month. If you would like to pledge to a blanket that she is supervising, you can make your pledge to heatherATschuylersblanketsDOTorg. (Don’t forget to change “AT” and “DOT” to the appropriate symbols.)

 

For Heather February 11, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — schuylersmama @ 9:20 am

We received this email from Heather recently.

Hi my name is Heather G. I recently lost my son to sids at the age of almost 3 months. He was born on 3/26/11 and sadly passed on 6/18/11. I have been struggling just to live life. I have been doing my best to stay strong and go to work every night and be there for my other 2 children but i feel lost. I would love a blanket to have something to cuddle up with in remembrance of my angel baby Eddy Maurice S. III.

Please help us bring Heather some comfort. We are collecting 48 8×8 inch squares in blues, greens, and neutrals. Please use soft, washable fibers. Squares are due by February 28, 2012. To make your pledge, please email Tracey. Thank you.