The Project Linus Chapter of Wake County, NC was started in 1996 by Susie Holmes. Over 42,000 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 NICU, Safe Space (for children of abused women receiving support), Hospice (for their Reflections program for grieving children and teens), Make a Wish Foundation, the children at Salvation Army, Children's Flight of Hope, and Wake County Social Services.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Project Linus...Did You Know?

Here are some interesting facts and figures about Project Linus:
  • Karen Loucks started Project Linus on December 24, 1995. The Raleigh/Wake County Chapter began in June 1996.
  • Project Linus National has had nonprofit status since May 12, 1997.
  • Project Linus nationally has officially collected 3,566,285 blankets as of September 30, 2010. If 60% of them are fabric, that translates into about 6,419,313 yards of fabric. If 40% are afghans, that is about 11,412,112 skeins of yarn.
  • The Raleigh Chapter of Project Linus donated 2226 blankets in 2010. Since we started in 1996, we have delivered 19,579 blankets!
  • If each blanket is an average of 60" long, and we laid them end to end, they would stretch 17,831,425 feet or 3,377 miles. That is as tall as 614 Mt. Everests, or 12,264 Willis Towers (formerly the Sears Tower) or 14,265 Empire State Buildings or as long as 59,438 football fields!
  • Assuming each delivered blanket so far had a label, the cost for labels would be $106,988.55.
  • As of January 1, 2011, Project Linus has 371 chapters in the United States. We have 371 wonderful, compassionate coordinators.
  • If each of our 371 wonderful compassionate coordinators donates an average of 20 hours per week to their chapter, that would mean about 1,040 hours per year each. And that's just coordinators!
  • Think you're not making a financial contribution to Project Linus? How much money is your time worth? Even at minimum wage, 20 hours per week is a salary of $8,320 in donated time per year, per coordinator. If you are talking about 371 wonderful, compassionate coordinators, it is a value of $3,086,720 per year.

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