|Project Linus Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin|
| 10th Annual Make a Blanket Day |
It is official. I just spoke with Catherine at the Fond du Lac Senior Center! Our 10th Annual Make a Blanket Day will be held there on Saturday February 20, 2016. We will be meeting at the Fond du Lac Senior Center to make blankets between 10 AM and 3 PM. Some No Sew Fleece kits will be supplied but we encourage you to bring any materials you may have as well. If you prefer to quilt, knit or crochet bring your sewing machines, knitting needles and crochet hooks as well. There will be some craft items for sale and a light lunch will be served. Please join us for a few minutes or the whole day just come and have some fun.
| JOIN OTHER BLANKETEERS AT OUR MONTHLY GATHERINGS !!
Stop by and see what Project Linus is all about and how You can get involved. Something for everyone !!
Teen/Family Nights are held at the Fond du Lac Lutheran Home
244 N Macy St., Fond du Lac, WI 54935
EVERY 2ND THURSDAY OF THE MONTH 6:30-8:30 PM
Blanket Bees are held at the Ripon Senior Center
100 E Jackson St, Ripon, WI 54971
EVERY 3RD THURSDAY OF THE MONTH 5:00-7:00 PM
General Meetings are at the Fond du Lac Lutheran Home
244 N Macy St., Fond du Lac, WI 54935
EVERY 4TH THURSDAY OF THE MONTH 6:30-9:00 PM
2015-2016 Monthly Meetings and Events are as follows:
12/20/15 Craft Booth at North Fond du Lac Community Center 280 Garfield Avenue, North Fond du Lac
1/14/16 Teen Night at the Fond du Lac Lutheran Home 244 N Macy St., Fond du Lac, WI
1/21/16 Blanket Bee at Ripon Senior Center, 100 E Jackson St, Ripon, WI
1/28/16 General Meeting at at the Fond du Lac Lutheran Home 244 N Macy St., Fond du Lac, WI
1/31/16 Craft Booth at American Legion Hall 500 Fond du Lac Ave, Fond du Lac WI
2/11/16 Teen Night at the Fond du Lac Lutheran Home 244 N Macy St., Fond du Lac, WI
2/18/16 Blanket Bee at Ripon Senior Center, 100 E Jackson St, Ripon, WI
2/20/16 10th Annual Make a Blanket Day at the Fond du Lac Senior Center 10 AM- 3 PM
No General Meeting this month
3/10/16 Teen Night at the Fond du Lac Lutheran Home 244 N Macy St., Fond du Lac, WI
3/17/16 Blanket Bee at Ripon Senior Center, 100 E Jackson St, Ripon, WI
3/24/16 General Meeting at the Fond du Lac Lutheran Home 244 N Macy St., Fond du Lac, WI
4/14/16 Teen Night at the Fond du Lac Lutheran Home 244 N Macy St., Fond du Lac, WI
4/21/16 Blanket Bee at Ripon Senior Center, 100 E Jackson St, Ripon, WI
4/28/16 General Meeting at the Fond du Lac Lutheran Home 244 N Macy St., Fond du Lac, WI
**Notes from 2011 Blanket Day our 1st at the Fond du Lac Senior Center. Approximately 50 volunteers created 223 beautiful blankets for children in need.
2nd Annual Make A Blanket Day - American Legion Memorial Clubhouse of Fond du Lac
|PROJECT LINUS MISSIONS|
It is the mission of Project Linus 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”.
A BIG Thank You to ALL of the blanketeers whom have made donations, and to those who may either have a project in process or are thinking of starting one. All of you should feel good knowing that a child in need can have a little comfort thanks to you.
A little boy or girl will chose those blankets and know that they were handmade with love and will help to keep them safe and warm.
It is Project Linus's secondary mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
I know first hand that when I drop off the blankets to the recipient facilities, I get a big smile on my face just knowing how good those little children will feel when they receive a blanket to take home with them.
|To A Child.... A Blanket Is.....|
"I would be willing to wager, that as a blanket maker receiving a compliment on a job well done, you may have responded: “Oh, it was so simple to make.
I'm glad to have something to do with my time that benefits somebody. I hear it often!
As a charitable organization, Project Linus reaches out with blankets to comfort children in need. As adults, we see blankets comforting children by offering a soft, warm, protective gift that they can wrap up in, cuddle with, or lie on or beneath.
We recognize the gift of a blanket as an outward sign that someone cares about the recipient in his/her current situation. All of that is true, but we must look farther.
Sometimes when I speak on behalf of Project Linus, I have the opportunity to speak to young children. On an elementary school visit, I asked a group of kids how a blanket can comfort a child. From a child, a blanket is so much more.
A blanket can be cuddled, hugged, slept with, used as a tent, a Superhero cape, a tablecloth for tea parties, a long dress, a sleeping bag, a shawl, a turtle shell, a hiding spot, a cape for a king or queen.
A blanket can be folded up and used as a pillow or wrapped around a secret treasure!
The list went on and on! The kids shared their ideas with exuberance, smiles and happy eyes!
No matter the situation or hardship, kids long to be kids, and it's obvious that blankets can take them places far beyond the confines of a hospital room, shelter or difficult condition.
Blankets are wonderful things, and blanket makers are extraordinary people. If you have merged your time and talent, fabric or yarn into a blanket for a child, you have given them not only the gift of a blanket, but fuel for their imagination and a tremendous boost of joy!
And you thought a blanket was such a simple thing!
--Kathy Kihm, Chapter Assistant for Project Linus Cincinnati"
| Fond du Lac County Chapter|
The Fond du Lac County Chapter of Project Linus is located in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Penny Kollmansberger, Chapter Coordinator, is looking for reliable volunteers to assist in orchestrating the activities of the Chapter. We welcome everyone, young and old, to get involved. There are many things to do both for organizing events and the biggest of all, making the blankets, quilts and afghans that are needed by the children out there who so desperately need to be wrapped with a hug.
Penny lives in Fond du Lac with her husband Mike. They recently became Grandparents for the second time when their daughter, Robyn, gave birth to another baby girl. Penny currently spends her free time spoiling RaeElla and Alliana!
Please see the section to the left titled, "drop off sites" for further information on where YOU can drop off blankets in your area.
Thank you in advance for all of your love, kindness and dedication. We are very excited to be involved in this exciting journey. Join us... the rewards are endless !!
|PROJECT LINUS FOND DU LAC COUNTY, WISCONSIN|
381 Linden Street Fond du Lac, WI 54935