The next NRV Project Linus Blanket Day will be October 20, 2018! It will be held at Grove United Methodist Church, 1020 Tyler Avenue, Radford, VA from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Saturday’s Blanket Day event was a great success! I’d like to thank
everyone who participated. We had about 70 people come by, either to drop
off blankets, help sew on labels, tack blankets, and make new fleece
blankets for local children. We ended the day with 500 new blankets,
including an early morning delivery of 150 blankets from Celanese
employees in Pearisburg, VA.
We had several new people join us for the first time and I’d like to
welcome to our new Blanketeers to our group! We are thrilled to add new
faces to our group and hope to see you join in at future events!
Our potluck lunch was out of this world. Thanks so much to everyone who
contributed to our lunch with fantastic fruit and vegetable trays,
wonderful coleslaw and salads, and so many fantastic desserts!! Thanks as
always to Meg W. for doing such an amazing job in the kitchen! Thanks to
those as well who helped in the kitchen and worked hard to clean up the
workspace at the end of the day! This would not be possible without so
much wonderful help from our volunteers.
Mark your calendars for our next Blanket Day on for October 20, 2018.
Penny Sweet (PHS1010@aol.com)
Below are some photos from Blanket Day, June 16, 2018
June 15, 2018
NRV Project Linus would like to send 75 blankets to support this event.
If you want to make a blanket specifically for this collection, please
have it to Penny by November 1st. If you leave your blankets at Joann’s,
be sure and label them for Snowball Express.
Snowball Express is an event of the Gary Sinise Foundation that provides a
holiday vacation for the families of active military who have died since
9/11. This has been held in the Dallas area previously, but for 2018 the
event will be at Walt Disney World near Orlando in early December. You
can get more information on their website www.SnowballExpress.org. (If
you are familiar with TAPS, this is a similar but separate event.)
Each year Project Linus chapters nationwide work together to provide
blankets for all the children attending this event. This year we expect
to serve about 1,200 children.
·Blankets must be new. The blankets can be quilts, fleece, knitted or
·All blankets must be 45 X 60 or larger. The children who attend must be
5 years old, so we do not need baby blankets.
·Only Project Linus labels will be sewn on to the blankets. Nothing else,
no extra tags.
·If they are fleece tied blankets, please make sure that they do not have
selvages, are ONE layer only, and that they lie flat.
·Do not wrap up the blankets in any way. No individual plastic bags, no
Themes – DO’s!
·Service-specific blankets are our greatest request (Army, Navy, Air
Force, Coast Guard- in that order). We do not need Marine blankets as we
·Next favorite are Star Wars, Superheroes, Minions, Disney, and camouflage.
·These kids also like popular themes so we’ll need plenty of sports,
cartoon characters, cheer, gymnastics, puppies, kittens, horses, lady
bugs, any animal, etc.
·We do want blankets from National, major league teams (NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA)!
·The kids loved the blankets that were entirely crocheted. They also
loved the chunky chenille crocheted blankets.
·DO NOT send any blankets that resemble the US flag. Flags are draped over
caskets at military funerals and may remind of that terrible day.
·Very few of these kids select patriotic themed blankets (red, white & blue).
·No College teams/logos.
·No Christmas or specific holiday-themed blankets. We want the kids to
love and use their blankets year-round.
Thanks so much to each of you for ALL you do to support Project Linus!!!
Current Statistics for NRV PROJECT LINUS
Blankets received April – June 2018- 820
Blankets distributed April – June 2018 – 775
Total Blankets Distributed since NRV Project Linus inception – 38,260
Our chapter will be sending 30 blankets to Kentucky for the students at Marshall County High School. Our National President sent an email to coordinators asking for help filling the need for 1,300 total blankets for those students affected by the tragedy that occurred last week.
We are fortunate to have blankets ready to go that are suitable for high
school age kids. Thanks to all of our wonderful Blanketeers, we have
enough blankets to cover our local needs as well as to be able to help
with this important collection.
Hope to see you at Blanket Day on February 17!
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR A GRANT OF $1,000 TOWARDS THE WEIGHTED BLANKETS PROJECT!
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.