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The Project Linus Chapter in Raleigh, NC was started in 1996 by Susie Holmes. Over 28,000 blankets have been delivered to many local groups and agencies that help seriously ill or traumatized children who need a HUG from a blanket including: Wake Med Hospitals, Rex Hospital, Duke Hospital, Interact (for children of abused women receiving support), Hospice (for their Reflections program for grieving children and teens), Make a Wish Foundation, The Women's Center, Open Door Clinic, Children's Flight of Hope, and The Raleigh Rescue Mission.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I thought you would like to know that when I walked in with bags of blankets today for Wake Med, the nurses started clapping. They LOVE your blankets! - Susie

Friday, July 18, 2014

Project Linus Make a Blanket Day
Hosted by Knightdale United Methodist Church
Saturday, September 13, 2014
10AM-3 PM
7071 Forestville Rd,
Knightdale, NC 27545

Bring your own sewing machine, crochet and knitting needles, notions, etc....
Fabric and yarn donations are happily accepted!
A limited supply of donated yarn, fleece and fabric will be available.
Bring an existing project or start a new one!


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Camp Corral

A few years ago, Golden Corral founder James Maynard began working with his team to explore ways that they could “serve those who have served us” and provide something meaningful to give back to military families.  Golden Corral has a long history of honoring the military and veterans organizations, so supporting the children of military service members was a natural extension of what they were already doing.  The idea of sending these children to camp as a way to thank their families and offer their kids a life-changing week away from home became a reality in 2011 when Camp Corral opened as a pilot, one-camp program.

Camp Corral, headquartered in Raleigh, is a free, one-of-a-kind summer camp for children of wounded, disabled or fallen military service members.  Since its founding, Camp Corral has grown to 20 camps in 16 states, and served over 4,000 children. The vision behind Camp Corral is one where kids, ages 8 to 15, are free to be kids, far away from the day-to-day challenges they face as children of military service members.

The Raleigh chapter of Project Linus provided blankets for the campers at the recent opening of camp.  Dolly Mercer, Consumer Promotions & National Events Manager with Golden Corral, sent this note:
I was at the Camp Corral opening Sunday at the Eastern NC 4-H Center in Columbia, North Carolina – we had about 125 campers,  with some little siblings that wanted a blanket too – we couldn’t resist this toddler who just had to have this blue and white blanket.  The girls and boys were all very thoughtful in choosing a blanket and then smiles for everyone.  It was such a rewarding day.

Thank you and your chapter members for making such an impact on our Camp Corral children.  Thanks to you, we had lots of blankets and the display was great (see photos). 

We hope next year that some of the chapter members will want to actually be at a Sunday afternoon opening and help to distribute the blankets to the children.  We would love to have you join us.

Best regards and thanks again,
Two additional camps will be held in North Carolina this summer, with the next one beginning August 10 at a YMCA camp near Greensboro.  Project Linus volunteers are welcome to come for the opening day and help distribute blankets and join in the fun.  To volunteer, call Dolly at 919 781-9310 or email dmercer@goldencorral.net.  More information about the camps can be found at www.campcorral.org

Monday, June 30, 2014

Delivering Blankets

Betty Boucher, coordinator of the Greystone Blanketeers, shares her experience delivering blankets to several local hospitals: 

   I delivered to Rex Hospital 29 blankets of various sizes (4 were quilts) which they said were just perfect. The nurse offered me a tour of the area in the Women's Center where they have preemies and newborns with medical problems.  They also told me how they use the various size blankets.  I got to see different sizes being used.
      - Small fleece: used on top of sheets in isolettes or small cribs for comfort.  Parents may take these blankets home to sleep with so they imprint their scent on the blankets, bring them back to wrap babies in; or wrap their baby in the blanket, then take it home and let family pet become use to scent of baby just before baby is brought home.

      - Baby medium size fleece or baby quilts: used to completely cover isolettes or to wrap babies in the mini-cribs.

   It was a fantastic experience for me.  I was embraced and treated like royalty.  They were so appreciative to receive the blankets. They hadn't had any delivered in a while. They've received some from Capital Quilting Club and individuals.  I also saw how small the space they had to store them.  They had actually used their last blanket on a baby born today with some breathing problems so was in special isolette with the quilt covering it.
   While we were getting the bags out of my car a woman leaving the Women's Center stopped to ask how much we were selling the blankets for.  She was clearly amazed when the nurse said they were all made by volunteers and were donated free to the hospital.  She just raised her hand to the sky and said "There are angels everywhere!"  I told her I had a hoard of angels making this happen.
   My reception from Duke Hospital was similar.  I was told about the teenagers who were in their care for months and how they decorated their space with their cheerful blankets.  The nurses at WakeMed Brier Creek were thrilled by variety of colors and the 2 crocheted blankets with the matching baby hats.
   Every appointment I made for a delivery was greeted with absolute joy and delight that we were willing to share with their facility, then amazement over the variety and quality. All 3 facilities emphasized that they would be grateful and find a use for any size I delivered.  All remarked about how grateful the parents felt that someone would do this to provide comfort for their child.
   What a great experience.  Thank you for letting me do this.


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Girl Scouts Make Blankets

Girl Scout Cadette Troop 1426 made several blankets for Project Linus!  They had a wonderful time learning about the program and feeling the warmth that a blanket can bring both in your heart and hands.