In 2016, Project Linus of Central Texas celebrates the twelvth year of giving blankets to children in crisis.
Artwork by Grace Lee [small (36” × 36”; 90cm × 90cm), medium (45” × 54”; 115cm × 140cm), large (54” × 72”; 140cm × 185cm)], and bag each and every blanket. And a printed Project Linus poem is added to each bagged blanket. We confess: we also fondle, adore, and admire every blanket too. And, always, thank you also to all the volunteers who make this invaluable work possible.
The Austin Chapter is required by the national office to keep track of our blanket donations, and records indicate that since our beginning in 2004, we have given away approximately 21,000 blankets. Can you imagine?! At volunteer meetings, we inspect, label, size
Project Linus volunteers make, package, and distribute NEW, HAND-made blankets (that is, quilts, fleece blankets, knitted & crocheted afghans) to children in a wide variety of crisis situations. The North Austin Project Linus group meets on the second Saturday of every month (except November & December); the South Austin group gathers on the third Saturday of January through October; and Bastrop groups meet at other times. Check here for more information. If you'd like to receive monthly news of our activities, please sign up to be on our mailing list. There is always an unsubscribe link at the bottom of each newsletter, and we never share our email list with anyone. (Generously hosted for free by MailChimp.)
Project Linus gratefully acknowledges Move It Self Storage, which donates a free storage unit at Move It Self Storage—South Austin, 5405 Wasson Rd., Austin TX 78745. Blanket-making material, as well as finished blankets need a place to live as we do our work, and, as we are an all-volunteer project, having this space helps us enormously.
The Project Linus Mission Statement
Project Linus is comprised of hundreds of local chapters and thousands of volunteers across the United States. Each volunteer and local chapter all work together to help us achieve our mission statement, which states:
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 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.
“The best kind of sleep under heaven above, is under a blanket handmade with love...”
Blankets for children in Williamson, Travis, Hays, & Bastrop Counties of Central Texas
|Baby||36" × 36" |
90cm × 90cm
|Toddler/Child||45" × 54" |
115cm × 140cm
||54" × 72" or larger|
140cm × 185cm
These sizes are approximate. A larger blanket will fit all sizes of children but a small blanket will fit only the smaller ones.
Please include a label that shows your name, address, and/or email with each blanket so we will know whom to thank!
Finally, be especially careful about checking for straight pins if used in the construction of your blanket. Some of our blankets go to hospitals so we try to be careful not to use materials that could come loose and end up in small mouths or get tangled in medical equipment.