Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have a question about Project Linus or want to know how you can help? Review our listing of common questions along with helpful answers below. If you have additional questions not answered here, refer to our Contacts page for details on how to reach us.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Make a blanket and drop it off at one of our drop-off sites or join us on one of our three annual blanket days (one day in the winter, one in the summer, and one in the fall as listed on our home page), or contact our chapter coordinator, Penny Sweet.
HOW CAN I MAKE A MONETARY DONATION?
Please visit our Donations page for more information.
HOW ARE MONETARY DONATIONS USED BY THE ORGANIZATION?
There are many expenses involved in maintaining Project Linus. Normal expenses for our organization are: fabric, batting, yarn, other blanket-making supplies, blanket labels, printing, office supplies, shipping, accounting and auditing to name a few.
I HAVE FABRIC OR OTHER BLANKET-MAKING MATERIALS TO DONATE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Visit our Donations page where you can find contact information. Ask the coordinator if the chapter has a need for these materials. Materials must be new, unused, washable, and free of contaminants such as mold, mildew and smoke. They should be cotton or cotton/poly blend fabrics. Cotton or acrylic batting is acceptable and yarns that are washable. Knits, double knits, and other fabrics not appropriate for a child’s blanket may not be acceptable.
WHAT TYPE OF BLANKETS DOES PROJECT LINUS ACCEPT?
We accept NEW, HANDMADE, WASHABLE, blankets and afghans for giving to children ages 0-18 years. Project Linus blankets are not donated to adults. As a policy we accept all sizes and styles. Blankets must be stored in a smoke free environment. Project Linus blankets must be of excellent quality and free from contaminants. Special care should be taken to ensure that blankets are free of smoky smells or any chemicals which could cause problems for a child. Ensure that blankets are free of pet or animal hair. Hospitals will not accept these blankets, and they will most likely be discarded. Recent studies show that laundering these blankets does not remove contamination, and in some cases can even make it worse. Always check blankets carefully for pins, and remove any embellishments such as buttons that could be swallowed.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY “HANDMADE,” AND WHY?
When we say “handmade” or “homemade” we mean something that is not commercially manufactured or purchased. Of course, home sewing machines, knitting machines, etc. are fine. It has always been the mission of Project Linus to donate only handmade blankets. Project Linus chapters receive thousands of letters and thank you notes every year from children. Over and over they express how touched they are that a stranger would take the time to make something for them. They really know the difference. Purchased blankets are nice, but handmade blankets are from the heart. If you do not have the time or ability to hand craft a blanket, perhaps you would consider a monetary donation. Visit our Donations page for more information.
WHAT TYPE OF BLANKETS DOES PROJECT LINUS NOT ACCEPT?
Project Linus chapter coordinators are instructed to reject blankets that are not of excellent quality. In addition, they must be free from contaminants. Special care should be taken to insure all blankets are free of smoky smells or any chemicals which could cause problems for a child. Hospitals will not accept these blankets, and they will most likely be discarded. Recent studies show laundering such blankets does not remove contamination, and in some cases can even make it worse. Again, if unusually strong smells due to chemicals used in detergents, fabric softeners and dryer sheets, mold and mildew or smoking products are apparent, most hospitals will discard the blanket rather than jeopardize the health of a patient. Always check blankets carefully for pins, and remove any embellishments such as buttons that could be swallowed. Thank you for helping to make sure that Project Linus blankets are safe and healthy, and will bring only comfort and security to a child in need!
WHAT ABOUT SIZES?
Project Linus donates blankets to children, infants through teens. Many sizes are appropriate depending on chapter need. For example, blankets could be as small as 36″ × 36.” The majority of Project Linus blankets are about 40″ × 60″, or what is called “crib size.” Blankets could be as large as twin size for teens.
WHERE CAN I FIND A PATTERN FOR MAKING A PROJECT LINUS BLANKET?
Check our Patterns page to see what is currently available online.
I KNOW OF A CHILD WHO REALLY NEEDS A BLANKET. WHAT CAN I DO?
Most children receive a Project Linus blanket through a local hospital, shelter, or other agencies. If you know a child in crisis who will not likely get a Project Linus blanket from one of these facilities, please contact our Chapter Coordinator.