Project Linus is a national, volunteer non-profit organization that was started in 1995. There are over 400 chapters through out the US. It is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children in crisis. Whether these kids are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need we will support them through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "Blanketeers".
It is also our mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities for the benefit of children.
NOVEMBER 2012 WAS THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THIS CHAPTER. We have now donated over 10,000 blankets from the McHenry County Chapter. AWESOME and THANK YOU to all my dedicated blanketeers!
Welcome to our website. If you can't find what you are looking for here, please contact me using the box below
or try the Project Linus National website at...www.ProjectLinus.org for patterns, skip stitch blades or making a cash donation.We Love NEW HAND MADE Blankets! All shapes, sizes and bright colors. Crochet, knitted, quilted, tied, fleece(only single layer fleece), etc. As long as they are NEW, HAND MADE, WASHABLE and bright kid friendly colors, single layer fleece, we will accept them. Are you a scout troop needing a service project?
Are you a church group looking for a service project?
Do you quilt and now have an abundance of fabric you don't quite know what to do with?
Are you looking for something to do during the long winter nights in front of the television?
Do you know a kid who needs some service hours?
Are you a high school teacher looking for a fun service project for your youth?
Well look no further! You have come to the right place.We have only a couple of requirements. All blankets must be NEW, HANDMADE, WASHABLE AND KID FRIENDLY COLORS (single layer fleece only/double layer tied fleece is taken apart). That's it. You don't have to tell me you are making blankets. Just call when they are finished or drop them off at one of two drop sites. That's it! Couldn't be easier.
THIS CHAPTER IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING DOUBLE LAYER/TIED FLEECE BLANKETS.
THESE ARE THE BLANKETS MADE WITH TWO LAYERS OF FLEECE TIED TOGETHER.
The hospitals have limited storage areas so big, bulky double layer tied fleece takes up too much space. Single layer fleece means the hospital can have more blankets on hand.
Double-layer (2 pieces) tied fleece is... Too Bulky.
Double-layer (2 pieces) tied fleece is... Too Heavy.
Double-layer (2 pieces) tied fleece is... Too Hot.
***FLEECE*** If you are making tied fleece blankets single layer are better than double-layer/2 pieces. Why? My hospitals have limited storage areas. I can give them more blankets to help more sick kids if the fleece donated is only single layer.. If you do single layer rather than double you now get two blankets instead of one! That's fantastic, right? Also print fleece is much preferred over solid colors. Kids would much rather look at a fun print or special embroidery design in one corner than a solid color blanket. So stick with buying yardage rather than "blanket kits". COOL! CAN WE TALK SELVAGES FOR A MINUTE? Please save me some time by cutting off the long edges of the fleece. This is the part that is curled, sometimes white, thinner and just plain UGLY. THERE ARE TWO. One will be white the other will be the blanket color but still thin and curled over and stringy looking. BESIDES YOU NEED THOSE SELVAGES OFF SO YOU CAN MAKE DOG TOYS!!! The selvages you leave on, I have to cut off. Trust me it takes you minutes and me hours to fix this problem. Your reward for cutting the selvages off is you can make some awesome dog toys with the cut off parts. No waste! And I will be jumping up and down when I see how nice your blankets turned out with the selvages removed. Plus my family will be happy because I can make dinner instead of sitting on the floor FOR HOURS fixing all those blankets. PLEASE and THANK YOU.
Some of the organizations that this chapter donates blankets to include:
CENTEGRA McHenry Hospital
CENTEGRA Woodstock Hospital
Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
CENTEGRA Huntley Hospital
First Way Pregnancy
T.A.M.I., teen age mothers
It's Our Little Secret.org
D.C.F.S.- Department of Children and Family Services
MERCY Harvard Hospital
Options and Advocacy
Hospice of Northeastern Illinois
Home of the Sparrow
Pregnancy Support Center, Harvard
national disasters support
*We welcome inquiries by organizations who serve children age 0-18 and are needing blankets.
| WISH LIST!|
WISH LIST! Donation Requests...
- Fabric QUILTING COTTON or FLEECE (THINK HAPPY... new, bright colors & prints, NO SEASONAL prints. Quilt cotton should be a minimum size of fat quarter, NO HOME DEC fabric, NO polyester fabric, no smells or pet hair, Please/Thank you.)
- Yarn (bright kid friendly colors, NON SMOKER HOME ONLY)
- Stamps (for mailing news letters)
- Office Depot Gift Cards (for labels, envelopes, newsletter paper, etc.)
- JoAnn Gift Card (for fabric, yarn, etc.)
- Hobby Lobby Gift Cards (for fabric, yarn, etc.)
- Cash donations (for blanket labels, delivery bags, stamps)