Make A Blanket For Project Linus During 'Make A Blanket Week'

 

Last updated 3/27/2019 at 3:27pm



Project Linus is a national volunteer organization of people dedicated to providing comfort to ill and traumatized children through the making and distribution of blankets. These blankets can be sewn, crocheted, knitted, quilted and even made of fringed fleece, as long as they are child-appealing, of new materials, and are washable.

If you are interested in participating in this effort, you may want to consider participating in the Make A Blanket Week. At the Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church on Friday, April 5, free kits will be available at the church and can be picked up anytime between 10 a.m. and noon at the front of the church fellowship hall (look for signs). All kits contain fabric, batting and instructions for completion. No-sew fleece is also available. On April 12, from 10 a.m. to noon, completed blankets will be accepted, and blanket makers will have an opportunity to have refreshments and to meet each other. (Even if you aren’t able to finish your blanket, we hope you’ll come to this gathering).


The local chapter of Project Linus has volunteers from Buncombe, Henderson, Transylvania, Rutherford, Yancey, Jackson and Madison counties, and over the last 17 years have distributed over 70,000 blankets to area children. It is amazing that so many blankets have been made, but sad, too, that there is a need for so many as well.

Children from birth to 18 are recipients of these blankets, so all sizes and types are welcome. The agencies that distribute these blankets include: Transylvania Regional Hospital, the Sharing House, American Red Cross, The Children’s Center, SAFE, Hospice, DSS, The Haven (children who stay there will receive blankets they can take with them when they find a more permanent home) and the two local funeral homes.

Blankets are also given to individual children at a time of great loss, such as the death of a parent. Project Linus is now making weighted blankets that soothe children with sensory perception issues.

All blankets made as part of this week will be distributed in Transylvania County. If you can’t participate on these dates but want a kit, or aren’t able to complete your blanket during the week, contact Pat Crawford at 883-8746. Anyone who knows of a child in need of a blanket may contact Pat as well.


Contributions of money, fabric and yarn are welcome. The money is used to buy fabric and other supplies needed to complete blankets.

 
 

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