At Project Linus volunteer meetings, we inspect, label, size [small (36” × 36”; 90cm × 90cm), medium (45” × 54”; 115cm × 140cm), large (54” × 72”; 140cm × 185cm)], and bag each and every donated blanket that we send to a child in need. Blankets are all made by volunteer “blanketeers”. A printed Project Linus poem is added to each bagged (for cleanliness) blanket. We confess, we also fondle and adore almost every blanket. And, always, thank you also to all the volunteers who make this invaluable work possible.
We collect NEW, HAND-made blankets (that is, quilts, fleece blankets, knitted & crocheted afghans) for children in a wide variety of crisis situations. We have a significant "stash" of donated fabric and yarn and share them with willing crafters who have skills but need help with materials. Contact Brenda Kilburn for information if you need materials.
The North Austin Project Linus group meets on the second Saturday of every month (except 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 join 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 materials, as well as finished blankets, need a place to live as we do our work, and, as we are an all-volunteer project whose members' spare bedrooms often also fill up, 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 Central Texas
||36" × 36"
90cm × 90cm
||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 you donate so we will know whom to thank!
Finally, be especially careful about checking for straight pins and hand-sewing needles 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. Likewise, per the national office guidelines, we require that the blankets come from a smoke-free environment and free of pet hair.
While we welcome knit and crochet afghans, as well as quilts, one layer fleece blankets are great for service projects with scouts or school programs. We have a downloadable PDF (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) to use as a guide with lots of ideas.