|PROJECT LINUS UK- providing security through blankets|
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How it all began
Christmas Eve 1995 - USA. An article appears in Parade Magazine entitled 'Joy to the World' by Pulitzer Prize winning photo-journalist, Eddie Adams. Part of the article features a petite, downy haired child. She has been going through intensive chemotherapy and states that her security blanket has helped her get through the treatments. Karen Loucks, who had just learnt to crochet, decides to provide homemade security blankets to Denver's Rocky Mountain Children's Cancer Centre. Project Linus is born!
Project Linus was named after the security blanket toting character from the Peanuts comic strip. The late Charles Schulz, its creator, was pleased to have Linus inspire blanket makers to help sick and traumatised children.
Project Linus came to the UK in March 2000 when it was found that there were no branches on this side of the Antlantic and it continues to grow.
What kind of blanket?
Project Linus welcomes all handmade, washable blankets. Whether you knit, crochet, quilt, hand sew or machine sew - we welcome your donation.
Blankets should range in size from 18" x 21" minimum for premature babies to 21" x 24" maximum avoiding yellow fabrics as these accentuate the colour of jaundiced babies. Also welcome are cot quilts (24" x 48"), lap quilts (42" x 50"), bottom bed covers 36" square and single quilts 48" x 60". Knitted and crocheted blankets need to be a tight pattern rather than lacy as small fingers and medical equipment can get caught in the holes. Avoid embellishments such as buttons which can come off and be swallowed.
What happens next?
Once we receive your blanket or quilt, it is checked and then prepared for delivery. A project Linus label is sewn onto every blanket before it is given to a child and it's theirs for keeps.
Deliveries are made according to how many we have received and where they are needed. Occasionally we have requests for blankets for individual children who may be seriously ill and are being cared for at home.
Originally , Project Linus targeted paediatric cancer patients. It has broadened its focus towards seriously ill and traumatised children - children in need of a big hug.
How can you help?
Make a blanket or quilt and donate it to Project Linus UK. All blankets should be handmade and washable.
Donate supplies such as cotton fabric, yarn or office supplies which help to keep us running smoothly. Postage stamps are particularly useful as postage is one of our heaviest expenses.
Project Linus UK is 100% volunteer so we rely on such donations. Any fabric and yarn can be passed on to volunteers who perhaps have no materials of their own that they can use.