The next NRV Project Linus Blanket Day will be June 10, 2017 ! It will be held at Grove United Methodist Church, 1020 Tyler Avenue, Radford, VA from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Thank you so much to Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity for their outstanding concert benefitting NRV Project Linus. These talented young people did a marvelous job and raised $440 for our chapter!! A special thank you to Adam McAllister and Katie Metzler for organizing this event.
Last Sunday, the Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity at Radford University put
on a benefit concert, with donations going to NRV Project Linus. We can’t
thank these wonderful young people enough for their generosity. Through
their talents and efforts, they raised $440 for our chapter! The concert
was wonderful as well as the dessert reception afterwards. We are so
grateful to these students for all they do to support our chapter.
Don’t forget about our special blanket collection for TAPS. If you’d like
to help with blankets for this special collection, here are the details:
Blankets, quilts, fleece, crocheted and knitted styles are all welcome.
40 x 45 inches is a good size to keep in mind (1-1/2 yards of fleece with
the selvage edges cut off makes a nice size blanket). No baby blankets
are needed, in size or pattern/color. Red-white-blue theme is acceptable,
but please do not make a blanket resembling the American flag. Camouflage
theme blankets are accepted but keep it ‘happy’. The pink, grey and
orange camouflage fabrics are fun for kids.
Single-layer fleece blankets with crocheted edges or other finishes are
great – no double layered blankets are needed.
Army and Marines are the most popular branches of the military based on
past camps, but blankets representing all branches of the military are
good. Children’s blankets of other themes are popular as well. Remember,
blankets should be approximately 40 x 45 or larger, up to full-size adult
Please have blankets for this special collection to me by May 1st to allow
time for labeling and delivery. Thanks in advance if you decide to make a
blanket for TAPS!
Saturday’s Blanket Day was terrific! We had a large turnout with 88
blanketeers and 76 university students coming to help with blankets for
local children. We now have 500 new blankets ready to give to children in
need in the New River Valley. Thanks to all who made the day successful!
In case you haven’t heard our 2016 statistics, we had 897 blankets donated
to our chapter and gave out 639 blankets to children and agencies in the
last quarter. In all of 2016, 2,441 blankets were donated locally to
comfort children of all ages. Since our chapter began in June 2000, we
have given away 33,467 blankets!
Thanks to all of our wonderful blanketeers for helping us kick off 2017 in
amazing fashion! Mark your calendars for June 10 when we will gather
Another great Blanket Day . We had 88 blanketeers and 76 students from RU and VT participate. We now have 500 blankets to give to children in need in the New River Valley. Thanks to all who made this day successful.
2017 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.
The next NRV Project Linus Blanket Day is June 10, 2017 at Grove United Methodist Church,
1020 Tyler Avenue, Radford, VA from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.