Have you heard about Project Linus?
About a year ago, my friend Wendy introduced me to this loving project that was inspired by an article in Parade Magazine back in 1995, about Laura, a petite three-year old girl who was battling the horrors of Leukemia. In the write-up, her mother mentioned how a special “blankie” had accompanied her daughter to the hospital throughout two years of treatments. It had helped comfort little Laura while undergoing the pain and suffering that often accompanies chemotherapy.
Being moved by the article, Karen Loucks decided to make special blankets for the children at Rocky Mountain Children’s Cancer Center in Denver and Project Linus was born.
Today there are Project Linus chapters in all 50 states. They continue to collect and donate blankets for any child who might need to be comforted or in need of a big hug. The blankets are lovingly distributed to children in hospitals, to social service agencies and shelters.
Their two-part mission states:
- FIRST – 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.”
- SECOND – Provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
Wendy is a gifted seamstress and was looking for another project. I asked her if we could join forces – I would provide the fabric is she would do all the hard work of sewing and putting the many strips/pieces together creating the final product.
She graciously agreed and then offered to send me half of the blankets when they were finished so that I could donate them to our local chapter. She would donate the balance of the blankets in Southern Oregon.
The timing was perfect because JoAnn’s Fabric was having their yearly fabric sale that included soft flannels. Sooooo, off I went to see what trouble I could get into. I had so much fun picking out combinations that I thought would be cute, child appropriate patterns, and prints that might appeal to either a little boy or a little girl.
Here is just small sample of the selections I made that day:
A package just arrived from Wendy and I am so pleased to share some of the adorable quilts/blankets that she finished.
If you are interested in helping this worthwhile organization, please check out their website at http://www.projectlinus.org. On the home page you will find information on the local chapters, patterns and links for sewing blankets and knitting or crocheted afghans, a FAQ section, and how/where to donate.
As always, thank you for being a part of our extended family. We normally are sharing our travel plans and destinations, but occasionally we like to fill you in on some of the worthwhile projects our family gets involved in.
Which reminds me, that I wanted to do a little follow-up and share a short video we received regarding the backpacks for the homeless project that some of you helped us with late last year.
We divided the 100 backpacks up and half went to help the homeless in our mountain communities located near our cabin in the San Bernardino Mountains. The other half we gave to our long-time friend Ray Castellani, founder of Frontline Foundation, who has personally delivered over 1,000,000 meals to the homeless on Skid Row in Los Angeles. He agreed to distribute the remaining packs to those most in need on Skid Row. His website is now sadly neglected, and was last updated back in 2003, but his work, dedication and love for those less fortunate continues to this date even though his health at 83 years young prevents him from going as often as he once did.
Here is Ray’s heartfelt message of appreciation:
In case you are new to our blog since we did the backpacks for the homeless project, you can click here to find out what we did, what went into the packs, and our assembly party.
We will soon be posting more travel related pictures and stories as we depart in less than two weeks for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Hope you will join us!
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for the kindness, love and generosity of others. At a time that our country is being lambasted with political drama, fighting, verbal pollution and divisiveness, it is refreshing to step back and instead focus on what is RIGHT with our country and citizens. A most sincere thank you to all who continue to help those less fortunate, whether by sharing a smile, giving a hug or sincere compliment, offering a hand-up, donate to a favorite cause, donating your time, or do a random act of kindness. Those are the actions that define us as a people and as a country.
And of course a special thank you to Wendy for creating these beautiful quilts. They are sure to brighten someone’s day and give a gift of comfort.