Our next Blanket Day is September 21, 2019 at Grove United Methodist Church, 1020 Tyler Avenue, Radford, VA. It will be held from 9AM – 3PM. Materials will be provided. Please bring completed blankets to this event. Labeling your blankets with your name is appreciated.
NRV Project Linus receives $250 grant from Fairlawn Walmart
We are pleased to announce that New River Valley Project Linus has been awarded a $250 grant from the Community Grant Program of Walmart. Grant applications are submitted to the local Walmart and a selection committee from the store (Fairlawn) chooses the recipient. We are honored to be chosen for this grant. Thank you Fairlawn Walmart! Penny Sweet is pictured below receiving the grant from two Walmart employees.
February 18, 2019
Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday and made our Blanket Day such a great success! We had 76 local adults attend as well as 41 university students. Our grand total for the day was 646 new blankets! Just amazing! This included a generous donation of 217 blankets from Celanese Corporation. We appreciate them so much as we do every single person who donated blankets, food, and time and talents to support NRV Project Linus. It is great to go home at the end of the day with labels on all the new blankets and have them ready to distribute to local children!
Current Statistics for NRV PROJECT LINUS
Blankets received January – March 2019 – 883
Blankets distributed January – March 2019 – 607
Total Blankets Distributed since NRV Project Linus inception – 40,151
Would you like to learn a special skill??
NRV Project Linus provides weighted blankets to children with special needs. These blankets retail for between $100-$250 making it totally inaccessible for most children in need. We have an expert weighted blanket artisan who can’t wait to share her skills with someone who would like to learn to assist with this special project. Materials are provided but you would need to own a sewing machine and have basic sewing skills. Please contact Penny Sweet if you are interested.
PROJECT LINUS DID YOU KNOW?
- Karen Loucks started Project Linus on December 24,1995. The New River Valley-Radford Chapter begin in June, 2000.
- Project Linus nationally has been alive for 6.942 days as of January 1.2017
- Project Linus nationally has had non-profit status since May 12, 1997
- The New River Valley-Radford Chapter of Project Linus donated 2,441 blankets in 2016. Since we started, we have delivered 33,467 blankets!
- Project Linus nationally has officially collected over 6,063,751 blankets as of January 1, 2017. If 60% of them are fabric, that translated into over 10,914,751 yards of fabric. If 40% are afghans, that is over 19,404,003 skeins of yarn.
- If each blanket is an average of 60: long, and we laid them end to end, they would stretch 30,318,755 feet or 5,742 miles. That is as tall as 1,44 Mt. Everests, or 17,071 One World Trade Centers or 24,255 Empire State Buildings or as long as 101,062 football fields.
Project Linus was named after the adorable security blanket-toting character from the Peanuts© comic strip. Creator Charles Schulz was aware of our efforts and was delighted to have Linus inspire blanket makers to help comfort children in need.
Project Linus began in December 1995 after Karen Loucks was inspired to make blankets for her local children’s cancer center. Since then, Project Linus has expanded to include children who are seriously ill or traumatized in many ways.
Project Linus is a volunteer non-profit organization with a two-fold mission:
FIRST, it is our mission to 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, it is our mission to provide rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
Anyone, any age, can help these children. It is within your power to make a difference.
Nearly 400 chapters of Project Linus exist nationally, with more than 4,000,000 blankets donated to children.