What is Project Linus?
Project Linus is a U.S.-based organization that works to provide comfort for seriously ill and traumatized children and teens through the distribution of handmade blankets.
Inspired by Charles Schulz’s PEANUTS® character, Linus, Project Linus directed their focus to help provide comfort to these children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need by providing a “security blanket”. Volunteers, or “blanketeers” as they are lovingly referred to, from all over the country create, collect, and distribute these handmade blankets. Since Project Linus began in 1995, there have been over 4 million blankets delivered to children in need, and there are now close to 400 chapters nationwide. Project Linus receives thousands of letters and thank you notes every year from children and their families who are touched that a stranger would take the time to make something for them. You can read some of their stories at Blanket Buzz.
How You Can Help
As with all items made for donation, they should be clean, free of smoke or perfumes, free from pet hair and dander, and made from a cotton or cotton/poly blend material to minimize chance of allergic reactions.
To get involved and find more about the specific requirements and needs in your area, you can find your local chapter here. You can also visit them on Facebook or Twitter to learn more.
Project Linus accepts all styles of new handmade blankets including quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets, crocheted or knitted afghans, and receiving blankets. If you need help getting started, the Project Linus website offers many patterns to help plan your project. Blankets should be washable and made in child-friendly colors. Many sizes are accepted depending on the specific needs of each chapter. Contact your local chapter for more information and for the current needs in your area.
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