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, December 31, 2012

Project Linus...Did You Know?

Here are some interesting facts and figures about Project Linus, submitted by Claire Gliddon, Project Linus coordinator from Sacramento:

 - Karen Loucks started Project Linus on December 24, 1995. [The Raleigh Chapter began in 1996.]
 - Project Linus nationally has been alive for 6,212 days as of January 1, 2013.
 - Project Linus National has had nonprofit status since May 12, 1997.
 - Project Linus nationally has officially collected 4,460,736 blankets as of December 1, 2012. If 60% of them are fabric, that translates into about 8,029,325 yards of fabric. If 40% are afghans, that is about 14,274,355 skeins of yarn.
 - If each blanket is an average of 60" long, and we laid them end to end, they would stretch 22,303,680 feet or 4,224 miles. That is as tall as 768 Mt. Everests, or 15,340 Willis Towers (formerly the Sears Tower) or 17,843 Empire State Buildings or as long as 74,346 football fields!
 - Assuming each delivered blanket so far had a label, the cost for labels would be $133,822.08.
 - As of January 1, 2013, Project Linus has 403 chapters in the United States. We have 403 wonderful, compassionate coordinators. [Plus many, many more "Blanketeers"!]
 - If each of our 403 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 403 wonderful, compassionate coordinators, it is a value of $3,352,960 per year.

You may think you only do a "little bit" for Project Linus, but your "little bit" is valuable, and helps Project Linus fulfill our mission 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.” 

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