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Project Linus

Oak Park/Near West Suburbs Chapter | Visit the website

Project Linus is an all volunteer non-profit 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.

The Project Linus Story

On Christmas Eve 1995, an article appeared in Parade Magazine entitled “Joy to the World” by Pulitzer Prize winning photo-journalist,Eddie Adams.  Part of the article featured a petite, downy haired child.  She had been going through intensive chemo-therapy and stated that her security blanket had helped her through the treatments.  Karen Loucks decided to provide homemade blankets to the Denver Children’s Cancer Center.  Project Linus was born.

Project Linus was named after the adorable, security blanket toting character from the Peanuts comic strip.  Creator Charles Schulz was aware of our efforts and was delighted to have Linus inspire blanket makers to help comfort children in need.

Where Project Linus is today

Project Linus has 371 chapters, representing all fifty states (currently there are 20 chapters throughout Illinois).  As a result of the combined efforts of these dedicated “blanketeers”, over 3.5 million blankets have been donated to children in crisis.

Parent’s Magazine has named Project Linus as one of the 10 Children’s Charities That Deserve Your Support.

What type of blankets does Project Linus accept?

Project Linus welcomes blankets of all styles, including quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets, crocheted or knitted afghans, and receiving blankets in child-friendly colors. Blankets must be new, handmade and washable. You don’t have to be an expert to create a blanket that is beautiful to a child!

What about sizes?

Project Linus donates blankets to children, infants through teens. Many sizes are appropriate depending on chapter need. For example, blankets could be as small as 30″ X 30″. The majority of Project Linus blankets are about 40″ X 60″, or what is called “crib size.” Blankets could be as large as twin size for teens. Local chapters may have certain preferences depending on the facilities to which they donate.

What pattern/yarn should be used?

This question is often asked and the answer is totally dependent on the creativity of the “blanketeer.”  Personally I suggest the simple diagonal, garter stitch blanket to the beginning knitter, but children are usually delighted by any style. Over and over they express how touched they are that a stranger would take the time to make something for them.  Afghan patterns abound on the internet.

If you are interested in further information, visit the national website, the chapter website listed above, or contact Sharon Kurth, WCKG Charity Coordinator.  Cell: (773)339-3395, or email.

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