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2014 TOTAL: 1,420

Chapter Total: 21,345

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FINISH A FLEECE BLANKET

PROJECT LINUS NATIONAL HOMEPAGE
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2014 Work Days
Sept 27 -- Westerville Public Library, 130pm to 4pm
Oct 26 -- Pickerington Public Libary 1pm to 5pm
Dec 7 -- Joanns Dublin, 1pm to 4pm
 
 
HISTORY

Project Linus began in 1995 as the brainchild of Karen Loucks, who saw an article in Parade Magazine titled Joy to the World. It was written by Pulitzer Prize winning photo-journalist, Eddie Adams. Part of the article featured a little girl who was comforted through her chemotherapy treatment by her blanket. Karen and some of her friends began making blankets and donating them to children at the local cancer care center. Since then, Project Linus has given over 2,000,000 blankets to children worldwide in a variety of stressful situations. Our name is taken from the Peanuts character that is never without a blanket of his own. Charles Schulz knew about Project Linus and approved the use of his lovable character in the cause of providing security blankets for needy children. As a result of Mr. Schulz' support, Project Linus blanketeers sew an identifying fabric tag with the Linus character on it to each blanket before delivery to the children.



Mission Statement

* Project Linus is a non-profit volunteer organization with 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, 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.
 
UPDATE: Blanket Guidelines
Our website has very specific guidelines and directions for making fleece blankets.

Unfortunately, we have seen too many blankets in 2014 that were made without referring to these guidelines, or without any care to follow them. We'd like to think that volunteers were caught up in the activities that they just didn't stop to consider what we're asking.

When blankets are not made to these guidelines, they are not acceptable to receive the Project Linus label and be delivered under the organization's name. Some may think we're being too picky, but with an organization with a nationally recognized name/brand, we need to adhere to the utmost level of quality.

Blankets MUST be free from dirt, strong odors (perfume, fabric softener, smoke, musty smell) and pet hairs. Blankets coming with smoke odors cannot be cleaned completely, as the chemicals within the cigarette smoke linger and can pose a health risk. Blankets coming to us dirty, or with strong odors must be washed by our volunteers before we can label & distribute to children.

Fleece blankets need to be single layer (not double layer). The selvage edge MUST be trimmed from the fleece. When it isn't trimmed, our volunteers must take time to do this after we receive the blankets. Not sure what a selvage edge is, ask! Typically it's the printed, wavy, or sometimes crimped edge along two edges of the fleece.

Fleece fringes need to be the consistent in length -- not 4" on one side, 6" on others. Fringes can be knotted or left "fringed". If knotted, avoid making the knot too close to the uncut portion of the fabric. When knots are too close to the blanket, and too tightly tied, the blanket becomes distorted in shape (bowl-like). These situations require our volunteers to trim uneven fringe, or even cut off all knots and start over with the blanket.

We are looking for blankets that we can proudly call Project Linus blankets. While not asking for perfection, we are asking for attention to small details. We hope you can understand and work with us on these requests in 2015.

 
 
Kroger Rewards
Did you know you can use your Kroger Rewards card to earn money for the Columbus Chapter, simply by doing your regular grocery shopping?

We have been assigned NPO number 95804.
Simply register online at krogercommunityrewards.com Be sure to have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with your organization after you sign up.
Click on My Account and use your email address and password to proceed to the next step.
Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number. Update or confirm your information.
Enter NPO number or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm.
Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 877-576-7587 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.
 

 
 COLUMBUS (OHIO) AREA CHAPTER
658 Ipswich Street  •  Westerville, OH 43081
: colsprojectlinus@gmail.com • phone: 614-327-1041

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