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.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Blankets for TAPS

The Raleigh Chapter of Project Linus recently provided 50 blankets to a camp run by TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors).  The camp is for kids who are grieving the loss of a parent or sibling who served in the military.  This is the thank-you note that we received:
Hi Susie,
     I want to thank you again for the beautiful blankets for our kiddos!!! We were able to provide every kid at our Fort Bragg camp and Fort Campbell camp with a blanket. The kids are matched up one-on-one with a soldier or a marine for the entire weekend to be a mentor to the child. They become their "big brother" or "big sister" and keep in touch with the kid even after the camp is over. On the last day of the camp, we set all the blankets out on a table and had ONLY the mentors come in and pick out a blanket for their kid. The mentor then presents the blanket to the kid and tells them why they chose that blanket. This is something the kids love because it is a comfort reminder of the huge support system they had throughout the weekend.
     Thank you so very much for making this possible for our kiddos and mentors!!!!

Sheri Beck
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
One of the 50 blankets that was sent to the TAPS camp

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