By Carol McVeigh
Scissors cut, irons phft, machines hum. And receiving blankets are sewn.
Every year Assisteens undertake this philanthropy – to sew and donate 100 receiving blankets to a local hospital – meeting as small groups several times in Assisteen family homes.
But this year they elected to use the Chapter House, promoting the fact that Assisteens are an auxiliary of ALIrvine; our Chapter House is theirs, too. Further, they elected to produce all blankets at one meeting, so they can gather as a group, and they can learn many skills needed to plan for, supply, manage, and operate a production line.
Assisteens purchased yards and yards of soft flannel, recruited 17 sewing machines (some really really old, some just old, some hardly used, some new) and 17 people to sew (six were Assisteens!). They located irons and ironing boards, and recruited fabric measurers and cutters, ironers, and folders. They also devised a best “process flow” to efficiently produce a well-sewn, quality blanket.
On Sunday, October 15, at 3:00 the production line started with a goal to make 100 blankets in four hours. Initially there were a few bottlenecks but quick analysis and rapid implementation of new process flows kept the line moving. It was an excellent learning experience for Assisteens, and great fun for their parents and ALI members who participated.
The finished blankets – all 102 of them – were beautiful. Into each carefully folded blanket, as the last process, an Assisteen tucked a note – “with love from Assisteens of Irvine.”
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