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The Project Linus Chapter in Raleigh, NC was started in 1996 by Susie Holmes. Over 27,000 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, April 13, 2014

Make-A-Wish

Every 38 minutes Make-A-Wish (R)  grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and its territories. 

Make-A-Wish of Eastern North Carolina covers the 49 counties in eastern North Carolina, and has granted more than 2,700 wishes since 1986. Our Project Linus chapter supports Make-A-Wish of Eastern North Carolina by providing blankets for the children who are granted their wish. 

"Make-A-Wish had a banner year last year, granting a record 180 wishes for local Eastern North Carolina children.  Unfortunately, we still ended the year with 200+ kids in the system waiting for wishes, with additional requests coming in daily!  We are extremely grateful for the wonderful support Project Linus has given – and many of our wish kids are wrapped up in warm and loving blankets – for a number of those, it’s the first and only blanket of their own that they’ve received!" according to Joyce Aschenbrenner, Volunteer and Events Manager.
A recent blanket delivery

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Another Huge Success!


Make a Blanket Day was a huge success last weekend. Over 85 people enjoyed the day. The very generous Temple Beth Or provided a beautiful sunlight room where we finished 392 blankets. Spoonflower donated gorgeous fabric for us to make more blankets. Some of those blankets have already been delivered to Wake Med Hospital and the children of soldiers at Fort Bragg.
Many thanks to Deanna Winick for spearheading everything. The raffle was a great success and raised over $180 for our chapter. That money will now be used for batting, fabric and fleece. If you would like to contribute something to next year’s raffle, we would welcome it. Please email Deanna at deanna.winick@gmail.com.     
Thank you to all of you for helping so many seriously ill and traumatized children.
Susie Holmes
Coordinator, Project Linus Wake County

 More photos of  Make A Blanket Day 2014   are in our Photo Gallery



Monday, March 3, 2014

Make A Blanket Day is Saturday!

Dear Blanketeers,
We are so excited about our Annual Make a Blanket Day this year!  Here are a few reminders:
   Date: Saturday, March 8th, 2014 
   Time: 2pm to 6pm
   Location: Temple Beth Or Synagogue, 5315 Creedmoor Road in Raleigh
   Room:  Social Hall - located immediately to the left when you walk into the lobby
What to bring:  Supplies such as knitting needles/crochet hooks, a project you're working on…. sewing machine and notions.
We will have batting and material to sew blankets. Spoonflower is donating fabric so we can create some beautiful digitally printed blankets! ~ Thank you Spoonflower!  www.spoonflower.com
Snacks and water will be available, but feel free to bring a snack to share.  Bring your own water bottle if possible…let's try to minimize waste.
Parking:  Parking is available to the left and right when you enter from Creedmoor Road. 
Dropping off supplies:  You may drive straight to the front of the building to the circle if you have items you would like to drop off, then go and park.  If you need assistance, please come in the building and someone will help!
Raffle:  We will have some fun prizes for a raffle! Tickets will be $1 each or $5 for 6 tickets!  Prizes include: Gift card to Relish Cafe, ZPizza coupons, jewelry, and more! 
Thank you to those who have offered to help set up. We’re always happy to have more help - just arrive between 12:30 and 1pm
Contact me with any questions or concerns at 919-345-3576.  Have a great week and see you Saturday!
Deanna


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

From Linus With Love

Carolina Country is a monthly magazine for members of North Carolina's electric cooperatives, and is distributed to more than 735,000 homes.  In the February issue, Carla Burgess shares stories of several North Carolina blanketeers and how handmade blankets comfort the children who receive them.  All Project Linus chapters in North Carolina are listed, along with information on how folks can become involved.

You can read the article "From Linus With Love" here.  To view the entire the entire February issue of Carolina Country magazine, click here.

From Carolina Country magazine, Michael E. C. Gery, Editor. Reprinted with permission.

Let's Go Shopping!

Have you visited the Project Linus Store yet?  There are lots of cute items--tote bags, t-shirts, books, blanket kits, and exclusive PL fabrics. You don't have to drive to this store, just visit the Project Linus website, www.ProjectLinus.org, and click on "Store".  Setting up an account is easy, and shipping charges are very reasonable.

Browse around and see what's there.  Better yet, make a purchase and help support Project Linus!