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.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Blankets of Love

- News and Observer staff writer
Brightly colored homemade blankets destined to be wrapped around sick or homeless children in the Triangle began as craft projects at Marbles Kids Museum on Sunday.

About 40 children and their parents, Peace College students and volunteers with the Wake County chapter of Project Linus made fringe on giant cuts of fleece at the Raleigh museum, using techniques that even young children could master.  "Mom, I did it," said Serenity Cruz-Delgado, 5, of Fayetteville. "I'm trying and trying again."

The gathering Sunday, held near the museum entrance to attract visitors, was a preview to the large-group blanket production scheduled for Saturday.  Dozens of people are expected to spend a few hours sewing, knitting, crocheting and attaching labels to blankets that Project Linus will donate to local hospitals and shelters. Experienced "blanketeers" will bring their own sewing machines and crochet needles. Fleece will be available to people whose expertise extends only to using scissors or poking fabric through a hole.

About 200 blankets will likely be finished by the end of the day Saturday, said Deanna Winick, a volunteer coordinator.  Since 1996, the chapter has delivered more than 20,000 handmade blankets to local hospitals and shelters.

"It's really relaxing, and it's nice to know that it's going to a good cause," said Adele Kresica of Cary, who figures she has made 50 to 75 blankets over the past seven years.  "It goes to someone who appreciates it," she said. 

Monday, February 21, 2011

Another Cary Drop Site

We are very happy to announce another drop site:

Whistle Stop Quilt Shop
3434 Kildaire Farm Rd 27518 in Cary

I hope the extra drop site helps some folks. Stop in and see this new quilt shop – it’s wonderful!

Susie Holmes
Project Linus Coordinator, Raleigh

Friday, February 11, 2011

Make A Blanket Day - February 26, 2011

Marbles Kids Museum is our host again this year, providing Venture Hall in the IMAX Theater building for our annual Make A Blanket Day.  Join us in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, February 26 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Bring your knitting needles, crochet hooks, sewing machine and a project to work on, or just come and help tie quilts, fringe fleece blankets, or sew labels on completed blankets.

Click here for a map or contact Deanna Winick for more information. 

Make new friends and make a blanket for a child!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Twenty Thousand!

Susie Holmes, Chapter Coordinator, has just announced that the Raleigh chapter has reached the 20,000 mark!  Twenty thousand hand-made blankets have been delivered to children, through local hospitals and agencies, since the chapter was organized in 1996.