Project Linus provides 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.”
We accept all types of blankets, from crocheted, quilted, knitted, and fleece (no sew). Please contact us if you need more information or have a question.
All blankets should be handmade (see below) of new, washable fabric or yarn, in child friendly colors.
Please NO buttons, metallic fabric/yarn, or notes/names attached with straight pins, etc. All ribbons should be securely attached. Please double check blankets for straight pins, buttons and other potentially hazardous items.
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.
Handmade or homemade means 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.
We 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.