There's no beating the comfort that a warm, cozy blanket can bring in a moment of distress. The people behind Project Linus know that better than anyone else and they're working to bring a touch of comfort to children in need around the country.
The idea for Project Linus came about in December 1995 when organization founder Karen Loucks read a story about how a handmade blanket brought comfort to a young girl with cancer. (You can read the full story here.) It was after reading the story that Loucks decided to make and donate her own security blankets to the Rocky Mountain Children's Cancer Center in Denver, Colorado. Since then, Project Linus has grown to donate an average of 350 blankets every month.
According to the organization's website, the blankets are distributed "anywhere that a child might be in need of a big hug." There are Project Linus chapters in every state, meaning kids from all corners of the country are impacted by the people making these blankets.
The best part? You can be a "blanketeer," too! Project Linus is constantly looking for new volunteers to help make blankets for children in need of some comfort. The organization has an entire web page dedicated to organization-approved patterns from wool blankets to baby quilts, to help get you inspired.
How to Donate
Some things to keep in mind if you're considering making a blanket for Project Linus: all blankets must be new, handmade, and of excellent quality. That means they must be free from contaminants and odors (think: smoke or mildew). All pins must be removed prior to submitting your blanket and no embellishments are allowed (things like buttons are too easy for small children to swallow). You can read the entire checklist on the FAQ section of the Project Linus website.
If knitting or sewing isn't your thing, the organization also accepts monetary donations to help pay for fabric, batting, yarn, office supplies, shipping costs, and other blanket-making materials. If you're interested in learning more about the Project Linus organization or how you can get involved, visit the Chapter Listings page on the project website.
Feeling inspired? Watch how to piece two knit squares together for a blanket, finished with a crochet trim.