Thursday, October 15, 2015

Project Linus - Charity Opportunity

Want to give a sick child a lasting hug?  Consider making a blanket for Project Linus.  The blankets for this project must be handmade. While most donated blankets are sewn, they can also be knit or crocheted from washable yarn.

The blankets donated to Project Linus are given to hospitalized children, ages 0 - 18 years of age.

Wyoming has two Project Linus Chapters, but anyone can make and donate a blanket following these guidelines:

•  must be NEW, HANDMADE, and WASHABLE and free on contaminants such as mold, mildew or smoke. They should be cotton or cotton/poly blend fabrics. Cotton or acrylic batting is acceptable and yarns that are washable. Knits, double knits, and other fabrics not appropriate for a child's blanket may not be acceptable. Chapter coordinators can answer questions about acceptable materials.

•  blankets should be free of pet or animal hair, as hospitals will not accept these blankets, and they will probably be discarded.

•  do not add embellishments such as buttons that could be swallowed by a child.

•  since Project Linus donates blankets to children, infants through teens, many sizes are appropriate. Blankets can be as small as 36 inches x 36 inches. The majority of Project Linus blankets are about 40 inches x 60 inches (often called a crib blanket). Blankets can also be as large as twin size for teens.  Chapter coordinators can give more specific information about the size of blankets they commonly issue to children.

Patterns for Project Linus blankets can be found here.

If you have questions, ask a Project Linus Chapter Coordinator. Contact information for Wyoming Chapters can be found here.

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