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, December 3, 2013

Wake Forest Seniors

The Northern Wake Senior Center offers area residents recreational activities promoting fitness, wellness, and lifelong learning--and it's a fun and friendly place.

One of the Center's  major activities is the crafts group.  These seniors are very enthusiastic about their efforts, and they produce excellent quality products.  They consistently contribute about 20-30 beautiful blankets per month to Project Linus!  Bless their hearts.

One of the members is unfortunately blind, but she is still able to make exceptional quality blankets.  They also have at least one gentleman, and everyone gets so excited whenever we are able to share excess yarn and materials for them to work with.

The group is led by Dorothy, and participants include: Clyde, Jean, Diana, Eve, Florence, Gloria, Lee, Ruth, Margeth, Carol, Liz, Elizabeth, Edwina, Herenia, Herna, Pam, Thelma, Inga, Miriam, Elaine, Margarita, Ethel, Wilson, Bertha, Stella, Barbara, Jean, and Susie.

The Senior Center is located at 235 East Holding Avenue in Wake Forest, and any Wake County resident 55 years or older is eligible to participate in the activities.  For more information, call Dorothy at the Center at 919-554-4111, or visit

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Cary Blanketeers at Craft Show – November 16

Need stocking stuffers? Teacher gifts? Secret Santa treats? Or just creative inspiration?

Come to the Cary Senior Center Craft Show from 9-3pm on Saturday, November 16th at Bond Park (High House Road near Cary Parkway across from St. Michael’s Church). The Cary Blanketeers will have a booth featuring whimsical candy bars, crocheted necklaces, cupcake pincushions, disappearing tote bags, beautiful blankets and hundreds of handcrafted hats and scarves. Most items will be priced under $10 with many offered for $3 or less. Proceeds will be used to buy yarn and fleece to make more blankets.

The Cary Blanketeers meet twice a month and new members are always welcome. Stop by the craft show to say “hello” and show your support for Project Linus. Admission is free.
For more information about the Blanketeers, visit their Facebook page.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Thank You to Lynn's Hallmark

Let's give a warm blanket hug and Thank You to Lynn's Hallmark at Beaver Creek Commons Shopping Center in Apex!  On October 5th and 6th they gave us a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness and collect donations for our chapter.  The staff was fabulous--many of them donated materials or made blankets for us.  They supplied us with a table to display our items.  Nicole (employee) and her husband helped make the enlarged Linus poster that we can keep for future events.  If you need any items from Hallmark, please remember Lynn's Hallmark.  It is family owned, and they have fabulous items for the holidays and every day.

Thanks also go to our wonderful volunteers who helped make this a fun and successful day, and to Deanna Winick for organizing and coordinating the event with the owners and staff at Lynn's Hallmark.

Sally and Patty get ready for the first day of the Hallmark Fundraiser
Diane, Janet, Susan and Jennifer put on a fabulous crochet demonstration to encourage donations
Susan and Adele hold up her latest creation
Jennifer, a blanketeer, shows us her beautiful quilted blanket

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Temple Beth Or Mitzvah Day Project

On October 27th, Temple Beth Or held their annual Mitzvah Day Project. Led by Aleece Hiller, this dedicated group of parents and their children made 16 beautiful fleece blankets! The children designed special cards that were attached to each blanket.

Temple Beth Or Annual Mitzvah Day (a Mitzvah is a good deed) helps out over 40 charity organizations every year.  We are thankful they chose Project Linus!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Beautiful Thank-You Note

We received the following thank you note at HQ. I don't know which chapter provided the blanket, but again it's a thank you to all:
My wife and I are in the process of adopting a six-year-old boy who has spent most of his young life in the foster system. Today, we began to go through his things for the first time. Most of his clothes didn't fit, his toys were second hand and dirty... a sad testament to life in the foster system. However, at the bottom of one of our son's cardboard boxes of items we found a blanket that was worn and obviously well-loved. Inscribed on the corner of this blanket was a Project Linus tag. Our son made it very clear that this blanket is a prized possession. In a dark world that is full of sadness and pain, your organization gave our son comfort. Words cannot express our gratitude. Thank you.
Mary Balagna
Project Linus National VP
Central IL Chapter Coordinator
"Mary" of The Moving Forward Mary-thon