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Project Linus is a non-profit organization that provide comfort blankets to children who are under-going serious medical treatments, traumatized or in need of extra comfort. The blankets are all handmade of new materials by volunteers throughout the United States. Project Linus is headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois, but has volunteer run chapters in all 50 states. Blankets are collected at these local chapters and given to local organizations. The donation you make stays in the local area so you know where your blanket is going. Find a local chapter at the Project Linus website ProjectLinus.org.
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Project Linus accepts all styles of blankets, include fleece blankets, quilts, knit and crochet afghans and tied comforters. The organization specifies that all donates be made of new and washable materials and come from a smoke-free environment. Blankets are to be handmade and not commercially manufactured. The love and care put into making the blanket gives the receiver extra comfort knowing the special blanket was made just for the child. There is a need for all blanket sizes, starting at 36 inches by 36 inches and up to a twin size bed blanket. A common size is 40 inches by 60 inches, which is a crib or lap size blanket. Contact the volunteer representative in your local area to see if there is a need for a specific size.
Blanket donations can range from simple patterns ideal for beginner crafters or children, up to advanced knit and crochet afghans. The Project Linus website includes patterns and links to large number of free online patterns ideal for this project at ProjectLinus.org/patterns.