HISTORY of PROJECT LINUS & OUR CHAPTER
THE BIRTH OF
On Christmas Eve, 1995, an article titled Joy to the World appeared in Parade Magazine. It was written by Pulitzer Prize winning photo-journalist, Eddie Adams. Part of the article featured a petite, downy haired child. She had been going through intensive chemotherapy and stated that her security blanket helped her get through the treatments. After reading the article, Karen Loucks decided to provide homemade security blankets to Denver's Rocky Mountain Children's Cancer Center, and Project Linus was born.
As Karen's efforts were publicized, chapters were formed across the United States. Family Circle magazine ran a article on Project Linus in the July 15, 1997 issue.
On May 8, 2000, Karen and Project Linus was featured on the Oprah Winfrey show.
HISTORY OF OUR CHAPTER
After watching the segment of the Oprah show which featured people making a difference, including Project Linus founder Karen Loucks, Julia Sullivan contacted
the national headquarters to inquiry if a chapter could be started in Orange County, NY. The rest is history with the Middletown Chapter starting 1/2001. When the chapter coordinator moved to Pike County, PA in the fall of 2005, Pike County was added and the chapter became know as the Orange County, NY / Pike County, PA chapter.
The Orange Chapter has been featured on Cable 6 when its first delivery of blankets was made to on 3/28/2001 and several of our Chapter's Blanket Making Days.
The Times-Herald Record has featured the Chapter also in articles. Please check the Record's archives.