Project Linus - February 20
The mission of Project Linus is 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.”
Make a Blanket Day (February 20, 2016) provides a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children (newborn to 18 years).
Friends of Project Linus depend on helping hands from thousands of volunteers across the nation who help them collect, make and distribute handmade blankets to children in need. When we say “handmade” or “homemade” we mean something that is not commercially manufactured or purchased. Of course, home sewing machines, knitting machines, etc. are fine. It has always been the mission of Project Linus to donate only handmade blankets. We receive thousands of letters and thank you notes every year from children. Over and over they express how touched they are that a stranger would take the time to make something for them. They really know the difference. Purchased blankets are nice, but handmade blankets are from the heart.
Join your Knitting or Crochet club, a Quilt group or invite several of your artistic friends to gather on Make A Blanket Day - February 20th - to craft special blankets for Project Linus.
Project Linus was named after Linus, the adorable security blanket-toting character from the Peanuts comic strip. Charles Schulz was aware of Project Linus and was delighted to have Linus inspire blanket makers to help comfort a child in need.
"Of all the things in the strip, I think that I am most proud of
Linus's security blanket. I may not have invented the term,
but I like to think I made it a part of our language." ~ Charles Schulz