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, January 4, 2016

Facts and Figures about Project Linus

Here are some interesting facts and figures about Project Linus:
Karen Loucks started Project Linus on December 24, 1995.  The Wake County Chapter began in 1996.                     
Project Linus nationally has been active for 6,942 days as of January 1, 2016.
Project Linus National has had nonprofit status since May 12, 1997.
The Wake County Chapter of Project Linus donated 2952 blankets in 2015.  Since we started, we have delivered 32,813 blankets!
Project Linus nationally has officially collected over 5.7 million blankets as of January 1, 2014.  If 60% of them are fabric, that translates into over 10.26 million yards of fabric.  If 40% are afghans, that is over 18.24 million skeins of yarn.
If each blanket is an average of 60” long, and we laid them end to end, they would stretch 28.5 million feet or 5,398 miles.  That is as tall as 982 Mt. Everest’s, 22,800 Empire State Buildings or as long as 95,000 football fields!

Assuming each delivered blanket so far had a label, the cost for labels would be $179,000.
As of January 1, 2016, Project Linus has about 280 chapters in the United States and 280 wonderful, compassionate coordinators.

If each of our 280 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!

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