by Kelli Nemec
Move over, Marie Kondo, and make way for Sylvia Saffell’s organizational skills! We’re so fortunate to have Sylvia serving on the Board of Directors for AZ Blankets 4 Kids. After a few years hiatus, she has rejoined the Board and serves as part of our Distribution Team. In prior years she organized many of our printed materials, including our incredible library of patterns (click the Patterns tab on our menu bar), as well as the original guide book we use to keep the business matters of our organization on track.
Where the KonMari method of organization may have you get rid of physical items that do not bring joy, I suspect the SaffSyl method would infuse those items with her own spark of joy. Sylvia hasn’t suffered boredom during her time at home these past months. She’s been keeping busy! A typical day has her alternating between making masks (many for Mesa PD) and finishing blankets. At the time of this writing, she has over 600 blankets ready for when our agencies call us back to action.
As you may know, AZ Blankets 4 Kids is an all volunteer organization, with no brick and mortar headquarters. All of our blankets reach recipients because of the efforts of our Distribution Team. They are tasked with picking up blankets from all sources (drop-off locations, quilting groups, sewing bees, etc.), processing the blankets (sort by size, check for sturdy construction, ensure each blanket has a label), and finally delivering the blankets to our recipient agencies. As you can see by the photos, this takes time, space, reliable transportation, and unwavering dedication.
We’re all looking forward to the day we can meet, and chat, and hug, and make blankets together again. Until then, we hope this inspires you to keep calm and sew on, the Sylvia Saffell way! If you are making blankets for us while you stay safe at home, please continue to save them for us. We will let you know when we can resume our blanket pick-ups and get them into the hands of our kiddos once again.