What can I
donate instead of a new, homemade, washable blanket?
You can send a check made
out to Project Linus, or purchase a gift certificate from a store that
sells 100% cotton fabric or acrylic yarn. You could buy cotton fabric
in child friendly prints and/or colors or skeins of acrylic yarn and donate
it to our chapter. If you or someone you know has a stash of new
fabric or new yarn consider going through it and donating any large pieces
of fabric or any skeins of yarn that you can spare. Plus there are
other items we need listed on our donation page.
If I send a
check to you, what happens to the money?
For our chapter to get
credit the check must be sent to our address and then along with a form it
is submitted to National in Illinois. Our National Headquarters keeps
20% and the other 80% goes into a chapter account for our community
efforts. I submit receipts for reimbursement or purchase blanket
labels and other supplies provided at cost by National Project Linus.
Do you get
together and make blankets?
Yes, please check our
calendar page for a complete list of dates and locations for this year’s
Blanket Days. We meet 2 to 4 times per month, having a wonderful time
while each person brings their own supplies and any equipment needed to
work on their own blanket for Project Linus.
Do I need to
finish my blanket at the blanket day or by a certain time?
No, most blankets cannot be
finished in one day plus there are NO deadlines.
This is an ongoing effort
so no one will be questioning about where is your blanket or why haven’t
you finished it. You have as much time as you need. This is a
loving effort and I want you to enjoy what you are doing while your doing
Do I have to
come to a blanket day?
No, they are fun but many
of my blanketeers prefer to just work at home or on their work breaks and
then contact me when they have 1 or more blankets to donate,
What if I am new
or not very good at these crafts?
We can help you perfect
your skills and all of these skills get better with practice. Project Linus
is more than ready for the results of your efforts.
What do I bring
to a Blanket Day?
Please see the suggested
What is a
We meet up to 4 times a
month (see calendar page) in 4 different locations in 4 different towns,
and this is where we bring our own equipment and supplies for each of us to
work on our own blanket for Linus. There is a lot of fun and talent
in the room which results in a great deal of sharing. Every 3 to 4
months we have voluntary blanket challenge.
I see you meet
several times a month from 9am to 3pm. Do I have to stay all day? No, a lot of blanketeers
do but once again there are NO rules so you can come and go as you please
or just stop by for a visit. This is a very informal gathering.
Where do the
First, they make a short
stop at my home where they get checked for a Project Linus label and one is
sewn on if needed. Then the blanket is tagged with the poem that appears on
our Home page. Next, the blankets are sorted and bagged by
size. They then go to the “Wall of Blankets” until needed. I deliver
approximately 200 – 300 blankets per month. 95% of our blankets go to
children in either NICU or PICU in the hospitals listed on our beneficiary
page. The remaining 5% go to special requests for children coping
with a terminal illness, coping with a fatality in their family, coping
with being removed from their home due to abuse or police action and many
more painful reasons.
I know of a
child (0 to 17years of age) who needs a blanket, what can I do?
Please contact me, Suzann
McGinnis, at 818-994-9675.
I need their name, age,
reason for need, delivery address, and telephone number and we can
hopefully meet their needs. Occasionally depending on the time
restraints we can fulfill special requests for a theme blanket. For example
if the child loves animals, dance, sports, music or has a favorite color.
Can I deliver my
blanket to the hospital?
No, this is a stipulation
from National. All blankets are to be delivered by the Chapter
Coordinator. All blankets must be identified by the official Project Linus
label. In most cases I do not see the children and babies in ICU due
to their severe conditions. The blankets are left with the nurses who take
great care in selecting a blanket for each child in their unit.
Should I wash my
blanket before it is donated?
If you have pets or if you
smoke, it is advisable for you to wash your blanket prior to donation and
place it in a sealed bag upon removing it from the dryer. Keep in
mind, most of our blankets go to very sick children.