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Project Linus Overview

Project Linus is a 100% volunteer, non profit organization. Project Linus has a
two-fold mission:

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, homemade 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.

The Project Linus Story

Christmas Eve 1995, an article appeared in Parade Magazine entitled “Joy to the World”
by Pulitzer Prize winning photo-journalist,
Eddie Adams.  Part of the article featured a petite, downy haired child.  She had been
going through intensive chemo-therapy and stated that her security blanket has helped
her through the treatments.  Karen Loucks decided to provide homemade blankets
to the Denver Children’s Cancer Center.
                  
    Project Linus was born.


Where Project Linus is today

Project Linus has 397 chapters,  representing all fifty states.  As a result
of the combined efforts of these dedicated “blanketeers”, over 1,806,791 blankets have been donated to children in crisis.


Why “Project Linus”?

Project Linus was named after the adorable, security blanket toting character from the Peanuts comic strip.

Creator Charles Schulz was aware of our efforts and delighted to have Linus inspire blanket makers to help comfort
children in need.




Frequently asked Questions

Q. What type of blanket does Project Linus accept?
A. Project Linus welcomes blankets of all styles, including quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets, crocheted or knitted Afghans, in child-friendly colors.  Blankets must be new, handmade and washable.  You don’t have to be an expert to create a blanket that is beautiful to a child.  Blankets MUST be smoke free, chemical free (no strong detergents, softeners or fabric sheets), and good quality.  Cotton, flannel and fleece are acceptable materials.

Q. What about sizes?
A. We donate blankets to children ages 0-18.  We prefer blankets at least 40”x 40” on up to approximately 45”x 72”.  “You can wrap a small child in a large blanket, but you can’t wrap a large child in a small blanket!”

Q Do Children keep the blankets?
A. Absolutely.  A Project Linus blanket is a gift for them to take home to continue to comfort them.    Make them as special as you would for your own child or grandchild!!

Q. Are donations tax deductible?
A. Generally, yes.  Project Linus is a 501(c)3   non- profit organization.  Please check with your tax professional for more information.

How Can I Help?

Contact your local chapter.  The coordinator can tell you the needs of that chapter and will meet with your group to further explain our mission locally.

Make blankets and donate to your local chapter of Project Linus.  They will be taken to a facility in your area and be given to a deserving child.

Get your community involved.  Scouts, National Honor Societies, schools, religious organizations, senior centers, businesses, and sewing guilds are all places to find potential blanketeers.

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Our Wish List

Our volunteers use your gifts to create more blankets.
We always can use:

Yarn, fleece, batting
100% cotton fabric or cotton flannel
Postage stamps
Gift certificates and coupons for fabric
Monetary donations or sponsorship

Our biggest wish:
Caring hearts and willing hands!!!!

Email:
OPWE_PROJECTLINUS@yahoo.com

Click to view the most recent Project Linus Chapter Newsletter

Sharon Kurth, Chapter Coordinator
(773) 339-3395

Project Linus National Headquarters
Box 5621
Bloomington, IL 61702-5621
www.projectlinus.org