has over 350 chapters nationwide and has given over 2,000,000 blankets to sick or traumatized children in the USA.
Project Linus is a national 100% volunteer organization that gives blankets, for emotional comfort, to children from birth through age 18.
The Lexington Chapter's first meeting was held February 14, 2002. In nine years the Project Linus' Lexington Chapter has delivered over 18,000 blankets to children in Central Kentucky. Project Linus meets the third Saturday of each month at St. Michael's Chapter Room from 10:00 a.m. until noon to work on blankets, talk, sew on Project Linus labels, sort and check blankets, talk some more, have fun. Project Linus then delivers blankets to area agencies/hospitals, etc. Meetings are very informal and full of wonderful people. Project Linus is open to all, regardless of religious affiliation.
Agencies we give blankets to include:
- Central Baptist Hospital's Pediatric Unit
- Shriner's Hospital
- Central Baptist NICU
- The Nest
- Social Services
- Children's Advocacy of the Bluegrass
- Hospice's Camp Echo
- Momma-Baby Camp
- Red Cross
- Ephraim McDowell Hospital (Danville)
- Frankfort Regional Medical Center (Frankfort)
- Ronald McDonald House
- Scott County (police dept., fire dept), and adoptions
We also give to individuals who we hear about who are sick or in trauma.
Our chapter is committed to keeping blankets in the community in which they are made ... thus Scott County, Frankfort, and Danville agencies receiving blankets made by members living in those communities.
We serve children, from preemie/newborn to age 18, so blankets from 36" square to an adult size throw are fine. We are making security blankets, not bed blankets.
Fabrics and yarn MUST BE MACHINE WASHABLE AND DRYABLE. Project Linus blankets are often carried around by the child for years.
Colors and designs need to be appealing to a child.
Since many blankets are taken to hospitalized children, knit and crocheted blankets need to be tightly worked. Lacy blankets can get caught on hospital "machinery".
Blankets must go through our group to be labeled and sorted by receiving agency.
If you cannot come to a meeting, you may drop off blankets at St. Michael's Episcopal church during office hours.
The mission statement of Project Linus is twofold:
To give new, handmade blankets to children who are sick or traumatized.
To provide a worthwhile opportunity for individuals wanting to make a difference in someone's life.
Truly our Lexington Project Linus chapter is doing a terrific job in both areas. There are many ways to get involved.
Join us one Saturday morning';
Go to the Project Linus website (projectlinus.org)
Make a blanket;
Donate gift certificates for fabric;
Donate money for us to purchase materials;
Donate postage stamps;
... the list is endless.
St. Michael's has been a supporter from our first meeting and continues to support with physical and financial resources. Here we are able to have our meeting monthly and have a storage shelf where we can keep supplies. The Outreach Committee recently gave us a gift of $400, which is enough to make 100 blankets!
PROJECT LINUS ... Providing Security Through Blankets