The Project Linus Chapter of Wake County, NC was started in 1996 by Susie Holmes. Over 36,000 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.



Sunday, January 1, 2017

   PROJECT LINUS…………DID YOU KNOW?  (2017)
 Here are some interesting facts and figures about Project Linus:
Karen Loucks started Project Linus on December 24, 1995.  The Wake County Chapter began in 1996.
·         Project Linus nationally has been active for 6,942 days as of January 1, 2017.
·         Project Linus National has had nonprofit status since May 12, 1997.
·         The Wake County, NC Chapter of Project Linus donated 3592 blankets in 2016.  Since we started, we have delivered 36,475 blankets!
·         Project Linus nationally has officially collected over 6,063,751 blankets as of January 1, 2017.  If 60% of them are fabric, that translates into over 10,914,751 yards of fabric.  If 40% are afghans, that is over 19,404,003 skeins of yarn.
·         If each blanket is an average of 60” long, and we laid them end to end, they would stretch 30,318,755 feet or 5,742 miles.  That is as tall as 1,044 Mt. Everests, or 17,071 One World Trade Centers or 24,255 Empire State Buildings or as long as 101,062 football fields!
·         Assuming each delivered blanket so far had a label, the cost for labels would be $909,563.
•     As of January 1, 2016, Project Linus has about 295 chapters in the United States.  

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Historic Yates Mill Park Blanketeers


A hearty thanks to these "blanketeers" who came to the park to help make no-sew fleece blankets for those in need, as part of our Spirit of Giving program. A total of 16 blankets were cut and assembled, and all will be donated to #ProjectLinus (http://projectlinus.org/   http://projectlinusraleigh.blogspot.com/  at one of the nearby drop off centers. We encourage you to get involved in this same activity at home!
Project Linus has a two-part mission:
First, 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.
And second, to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
Want to participate in programs like this in the beautiful setting of Yates Mill? Check out more information here:
http://www.wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill




Friday, December 2, 2016

News and Observer article

Want a dose of holiday warmth? Read this special article in the N & O:





Thank you, N & O and Betsy Greer for highlighting our wonderful chapter. 
It's a team effort, and we couldn't do it without every one of you blanketmakers!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Here are some more thank you notes that warm our hearts. 
These are from Children's Flight of Hope. CFoH provides air transportation for children to access specialized medical care.  For more information, their website is:  http://www.childrensflightofhope.org/

Happy Thanksgiving!! Children’s Flight of Hope is so thankful for Project Linus’s support of our clients. Below are two notes I received recently.

“The blanket really came in handy on the plane, when sitting in a chair etc.  It was great!” – Holly’s Mom (She recently traveled to New York for Scoliosis surgery)

“Oh my goodness! We got the best care package in the mail today! 
We are so grateful for the flights and then you top it off by sending this!!!
The blanket is beautiful and perfect for the flight. Ben loves the teddy pilot too! You made us so happy today. Thank you for sending us love!” Benjamin’s mom (Benjamin is six and travels to Chicago for Epilepsy)
Special thanks to Melissa and Kim for their care and attention to these blankets!
And here is a photo of our beloved blanketmaker, Hannah (article below):
Along with some of our group that meets in Cary, the Cary Blanketeers. Come join us - the information is on the right side of this page.