Monday, November 24, 2014

First Delivery Complete!

The weather was terrible, but our hearts were filled with joy this morning as we headed downtown to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital.  As I mentioned in a previous post, we were asked to divide our haul into two separate trips due to the amount of blankets we have collected.  We took advantage of a donated U-Haul for this first run and still had some overflow into our minivan!

A photographer and public affairs personnel met us at the loading dock
Mallory, self proclaimed president of the Blanket Brigade, getting her photo taken.
"The Blanket Train" ready to head upstairs for deliveries.
Because of illnesses, cold weather and timing of our delivery last year, our photos never made it to the "Foto Friday" section of Lurie's Facebook page.  We were told to expect to see pictures of our delivery as well as patient photos on this weeks Foto Friday!  Go "like" their page if you haven't already.  Perhaps you'll see your blanket being put to good use!
Thanks to this thoughtful gift from Miss Kelly, we had a little Blanket Brigade Party when we got home. :)

If you'd still like to participate you have until December 10th!  I'm so proud of the outpouring of love from so many of you from all over the country!  YOU made a difference in the life of a child and their family.  Thank you for being a part of something so special that brings so much joy to so many people.

God put a million, million doors in the world
For His love to walk through
One of those doors is you

 Jesus, help us carry You
Alive in us, Your light shines through
With every act of love
We bring the kingdom come!
-Jason Gray

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Tis The Night Before Delivery

Tis the night before delivery 
And we're excited to say
Over FOUR HUNDRED blankets
Are headed Lurie's way!

Mallory and I anxiously awaited pictures today hoping to surpass the 400 mark.  And we did!  The pre-bedtime count stands at 408!
Many, many, many thanks to the girls from Huntley Gymnastics Academy whose twelve blankets put us over the 400 mark tonight and caused a big celebration!

Collecting blankets from school this morning.

Always a good helper.

Last weekend we tied blankets with a 100 year old woman and today my 1 year old carried blankets out to our van.  The Blanket Brigade is truly for friends of ALL ages!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

"Houston, We Have a (Good) Problem..."

Months and months ago I scheduled a Blanket Brigade delivery date with Lurie Children's Hospital for Monday, November 24th, 2014.  What I didn't know at the time was that our efforts this year were going to be even more successful than last year!

So what's the problem?

Well, the problem is that we have more blankets to donate than Lurie's can safely accept, distribute, and/or store at one time!  (Told ya it was a good problem!)

So what does this mean?

For us it means that we now have two scheduled delivery dates.  The first (and biggest one) being this coming Monday.  The second delivery is scheduled for December 10th.

For YOU it means more time! 

Our new OFFICIAL deadline for Blanket Brigade 2014 blankets is Tuesday, December 9th.  We will happily accept your donations until then.

Once again, many, many, many thanks to all who have followed our story, participated in, loved on, and prayed for this project.  God is SO good and every day as I scroll through the progress pictures I'm thankful for the many amazing people He has blessed our lives with!

The following pictures are some we've both taken and collected over the last couple of weeks showing our progress....

Mallory loves picking up blankets from our Blanket Brigade Boxes as well as the (often twice) deliveries that have been arriving at our front door!

This is what we've see quite a bit of in our basement the last few weeks.  Piles and piles of colorful blankets...

When I have a big pile of "blanket bags", we check each one to make sure they're all tied correctly, and then stack them up to be tagged and bagged.

Mallory loves counting them and picking out her favorite patterns. :)
Then I tag each one before bagging it.  Each tag has our blog address so that the recipients can peek at the blog to see where their blankie came from.  The number on it corresponds to the blanket number on the Progress Page.
Life Teams consisting of students and teachers from Martin Luther HS in Wisconsin were very busy this week...

Many thanks to my college friend, Erin, for organizing their project!

Sometimes pets like to help too.

Girl Scouts from St. Paul working together on a blanket.
Mal LOVED making new friends at The Lutheran Home last weekend.  Here she is explaining to some "My Rehab" friends how the Blanket Brigade works. 

She was QUITE fond of 100 year old Virginia.  This truly is a project that has been loved on by people of ALL ages!

Thanks, Joe, for overseeing the blanket making at The Lutheran Home!

Our kindergarten friends working hard on their blankets. 
I picked up quite a few blankets this morning while Mal was at school.  She was excited to get all of these home!
Back to work, we go!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

It Happened!

Earlier this week Mallory told me that she thought by the end of this weekend we would have more blankets than the 216 we collected last year from more than the 13 states we collected from last year.  Well today her little goals came true!

This afternoon we went coast to coast adding blankets from California and Maine bringing our total to 14 states!  You can check out which states we have received blankets from by peeking at our Heart Map.

As of 6:30 tonight we have 219 blankets and we still have two weeks left until our delivery.  Click here to view our progress.

Thanks to all who have donated to, followed, and prayed for the Blanket Brigade.  It truly brings so much joy to our home knowing that we are providing something so special for the patients at Luries!

We brought a HUGE load of blankets over to Mallory's Great Grandma's house this afternoon.  She's graciously loaning us a spare bedroom for storage this year.
There's still plenty of time to join our efforts.  Here's how -I Want To Make a Blanket - What Do I Do?

Saturday, November 8, 2014

"Tied With Love" Recap

Last night a fantastic group of hard working friends got right down to blanket making business and made 22 blankets in 2.5 hours.  Mallory told me her favorite part was collecting fleece and walking around to see how everyone was doing. (She was a good little party hostess!) It was a successful, productive night of friends, fellowship, and beautiful blankets!

Thanks to all our helpers and to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for providing us with grant money to buy fleece for our "Tied With Love" party!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"Tied With Love"

Next Friday we are hosting a Thrivent Sponsered, Blanket Tying extravaganza at our church we're calling, "Tied With Love".  We're hoping for a night of fun, fellowship and lots of blanket making!

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans provided the Blanket Brigade with some grant money to use towards this event.  We'd love to see you there!  Mallory is quite excited for this good excuse to stay up past her bedtime. ;)

Here are the details:

Tied With Love
For Friends of ALL Ages!
Friday, November 7th
Open House from 6:30-9:00
Luther Hall in the basement of St. Paul Lutheran Church
100 South School Street, Mt. Prospect, IL 60056

Will will have fleece available for cutting and tying but you can absolutely bring your own if you have it and are looking for a time to put your blanket(s) together!

Please bring scissors (Fiskars really seem to work best) if you have them marked with your last name.  If you have extras you can bring to share, that would be great too.

We will be providing some snacks and drinks.
An RSVP isn't completely necessary, but if you know you're going to be able to make it I'd love it if you'd contact me and let me know so I have some sort of idea of how many people to expect.  I can be reached at

And, no!  You don't have to be a member of St. Paul to come.  The more, the merrier!
Hope to see you on the 7th!

We filled two carts with fleece.  We are VERY thankful for the nice ladies at the cutting counter at Jo-Ann Fabrics in Arlington Heights who now know Mallory by name.

She's pretty excited about "her" event.

Little Brother "helped" too.