We are so fortunate to have such a generous community! Here is a picture of items that were picked up in the donation box at Joanne’s in Christiansburg along with donations from Sew Biz in Radford . THANK YOU!
Suggested sizes for blankets:
Infants – 36″x36″ to 40″x 40″ Child (2-4) 45″x60″
Youth (7-12) 50″x70″ Teen (13-18) 60″x80″
Facebook: NRV Project Linus
July 16, 2021
Hello to all of our wonderful Blanketeers and friends! We hope that you are well and healthy and that your 2021 is going great so far!
We appreciate the blankets that have been donated during the shut-down and quarantine time due to COVID. You can always drop off blankets at Joann Fabrics in Christiansburg or at SewBiz in Radford if you have some ready to donate.
During the second quarter of 2021, April-June, we collected 269 blankets and were able to donate 423 blankets. Since the beginning of our chapter, we have given out 44,289 blankets to comfort local children!
We recently received great donations from SewBiz and Joann Fabrics! SewBiz generously donated some bolts of fabric and we appreciate them so much! Joann Fabrics collected donations from their customers and gave other items as well. Pictures are attached of the items from Joann’s. If you purchased items to add to the donations, we thank you! This chapter runs on the love and generosity of our friends and corporate partners!!!
We are working on plans for an in-person Blanket Day this fall and hope to announce a date soon. Mostly likely in September or October.
The 2021 Project Linus Mystery Challenge will kick off in August with registration opening on Monday, August 23. “Oliver is in the Doghouse” is the theme this year! Please encourage your quilter friends to participate and to list NRV-Radford Chapter when they register. We will receive the full registration fee and it is a great fundraiser for our chapter so we can continue providing blankets for local children!
We hope each and every one of you is safe, healthy, and happy and we hope to see you soon!
Penny Sweet, Chapter Coordinator
Laura Eanes, Assistant
Now in our third year, we are again thrilled to offer you the opportunity to participate in our 2021 Knit and Crochet Along. Just as in previous years, you can choose to knit, crochet, or do both. Signing up is super easy. Just click the button below to get started.
By the end of the next business day after you sign up we will email you information on how to login and download information on supplies required for the Knit and Crochet Along. Then beginning Saturday, March 13, 2021 we will make available pattern segments you can download for the knit and/or crochet patterns for which you signed up. Each Saturday through May 1, 2021 we will release new pattern segments to download (there are a total of 8 pattern segments each for the Knit and Crochet Along patterns).
Current Statistics for NRV PROJECT LINUS
Blankets received April – May – June 2021 – 269
Blankets distributed April – May -June – 423
Total Blankets Distributed since NRV Project Linus inception – 44,289
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.