There is no greater feeling than being able to use your crochet or knitting skills to knit and crochet for a cause. One of the causes that I personally donate to is Project Linus, a non-profit organization that is near and dear to my heart.
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.
Blankets can be crocheted, knit, quilted, or anything else that gives the blanket a handmade custom feel. While Project Linus does not have a size requirement, each chapter may have particular size needs depending on the facilities they serve. It’s always good to check with your local chapter to understand their particular needs.
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.
Local chapters also look for volunteers who can offer their time to collect and distribute blankets and also to organize and participate in blanket-making events throughout the year. Contact your local chapter to find out about current volunteer opportunities.
Other Ways to Support Project Linus
You can also help support Project Linus by doing some of the things you already do: shopping and searching online. Check out their donation page for more details. You can also help by providing monetary donations. Project Linus is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and is eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.