Sunday, July 23, 2006

Spotlight: Project Linus

I plan to periodically feature charities that seek handmade items and community service groups that make things for charity. I'm starting with my favorite, Project Linus. I've been involved with the Kansas City chapter since 1997 and I do the KC chapter website.

Project Linus is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization. It's mission is:

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.

Project Linus national headquarters is in Bloomington, Illinois. There are chapters in all 50 states and affiliates in Canada and the United Kingdom. Over 1.6 million blankets have been donated since founder Karen Loucks read an article in Parade magazine on Christmas Eve, 1995. Project Linus is named after the character in the Peanuts comic strip.

All Project Linus blankets are handmade, meaning not commercially manufactured. A blanket can be a knitted or crocheted afghan, a quilt, a fabric blanket or a fleece blanket with hand cut and knotted fringe. Sewing or knitting machines may be used to create the blanket. All blankets must be new and washable. Size may vary from preemie size to bed size, with 40" by 60" the most common size. Please check with your local chapter for specific needs and requirements.

For other organizations that need your handcrafting skills, visit Handmade for Charity on my main website.

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