Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Spotlight - Project Linus

I just wanted to do a quick spotlight on a little-known organization that we work with called Project Linus, a group of volunteers formed in 1995 who provide security to children through donated blankets. Project Linus is made up of over 400 chapters all across the US who work together to achieve their mission statement:
  • "First, it is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
  • Second, it is our mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children."

To date, Project Linus has delivered over 3 million blankets lovingly made by volunteers or "blanketeers". They welcome new, washable blankets of all sizes and styles for children ages 0-18. Blankets can be sewn, quilted, knitted, etc, but they must be homemade or handmade (not commercially manufactured or purchased). You can donate blankets through your local chapter, and if there is not a chapter in your area, you can open a chapter in your town! If you are not crafty, Project Linus also welcomes monetary donations as well as donations of supplies (fabric, thread, yarn, etc). They also provide resources on their website such as patterns and an online store. So if you haven't heard of Project Linus, make sure to check out their website and consider making a blanket as a summer project and donating it to your local chapter - it will be greatly appreciated!

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