PROJECT LINUS BLANKET GUIDELINES

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					                     Project Linus Information
On Christmas Eve, 1995, Karen Loucks read an article about a little girl with cancer, who made the
statement that her security blanket helped her get through the chemotherapy treatments. Right then,
Karen decided to provide homemade security blankets to Denver’s Rocky Mountain Children’s
Cancer Center and Project Linus was born. Now Chapters across the country have “blanketeers”
making blankets for children in all types of need. Project Linus is a 100% 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 a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals
and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.

It's easy to help Project Linus. Simply make a blanket and donate it to your local chapter of Project
Linus through a Battelle volunteer collector and your blanket will be given to a child in need. Blankets
are distributed locally, to Kadlec, KGH, Lourdes and Sunnyside hospitals; children’s services, EPIC,
Hospice, and Grace Clinic; Kennewick, Prosser, Pasco, and Richland Fire Depts.; The Red Cross,
DSHS, Gideon’s Closet and to children with parents in or lost at war.
Volunteers, known as "blanketeers," can provide new, handmade, washable blankets (see blanket
guideline list) to be given as gifts to seriously ill and traumatized children, ages 0-18. It is Project
Linus' policy to accept blankets of all sizes, depending on the needs of the local chapters. All styles of
blankets are welcome, including quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets, crocheted or knitted afghans,
and receiving blankets in child-friendly colors. To help you get started, check out these pattern page
links. (from Project Linus’ website at http://www.projectlinus.org/index.shtml)
Whether you sew, knit, crochet or have no idea how to do any of these things, you can contribute to
Project Linus. Donations can be in the form of money, thread or other materials as well as actual
blankets. In fact quilt batting is needed desperately. You can also make blankets that require no
sewing. There are several guidelines for making the blankets regarding sizes and types of materials.
If you want to be a volunteer blanket collector or a blanketeer, contact Tracy Holland at 376-5081 or
email at tracy.holland@pnl.gov.

Blanket Drop off Sites:

EMSL:         Toni Quackenbush            Rm 1581
LSB:          Lois Pedersen               Rm 2B08A
ISB1:         Emily Raeder                Rm 533
APEL:         Susan Lanouette             Rm 252-6
331:          Tracy Holland               Rm 44

ETB, NSB, ROB, etc.         Still Looking for a volunteers?!



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Project Linus Work Parties:
Project Linus has monthly gatherings that give you an opportunity to meet and share your quilting enthusiasm with other
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blanketeers in the community. The chapter has work parties at various places every 3 Saturday of the month. (watch for
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times and places to be announced) Additionally, Team Battelle will sponsor a work party every 4 Saturday of the month
from 10 am to ~ 2 pm in the Columbia River Room starting in January. The also have the following schedule of
gatherings:
Quilting at the Richland Public Library
Since there is no space in the temporary library building, Central United Protestant Church has graciously offered to let us
use their facilities. They are located at 1124 Stevens Drive in Richland, and we will be meeting in Room 118. Water,
juice, coffee, tea and snacks will be provided.
Please remember that since this event is not sponsored by Project Linus we do not have our usual supplies and projects
there, so you need to bring your own project to work on. If you need a project to work on, we will be glad to accommodate
you if you contact Linda at least 3 days ahead of time at gandlporter@msn.com.
Quilting at the Library Schedule 2007/2008
Thursday, December 13, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 10, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 14, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 13, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 10, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 8, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 12, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


PROJECT LINUS BLANKET GUIDELINES:
All blankets must be new, handmade, washable and in child friendly colors. No store bought blankets, please!

Blankets cannot smell of smoke or chemicals. If blankets have been exposed to pets, please be sure they are clean and
free of animal hair when they are turned in. Launder, if necessary.

Please double check to make sure that all pins have been removed from blankets. It is best not to use straight pins when
working on these blankets. Try to always use safety pins.

Please weave in ends when crocheting or knitting.

No wool batting, fabric, or yarns can be used.

We would ask that holiday fabrics please not be used: Christmas, Halloween, Easter, etc.

If making a blanket out of baby fabric, make it the size for a baby, not for a teen. (Baby & toddler sizes range from 24x24
inches to 36x45 inches.)

Same goes for fabric more suitable for a teen, don't make it a small baby size. Teen blankets sizes can range from 45x60
to 45x70. (Fabric width is usually 45 inches or less, so this size top is easier to find backing fabric for.)

Grade school aged children’s blankets go up to 45x60.

When preparing fabric, be sure to cut off the selvedge edges to give it a clean look.

If the blanket is fringed on two ends, hold the fabric up before starting to cut and see if you have trimmed the sides even.

When hand tying quilts, please make sure ties are approximately 4-6 inches apart.

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PROJECT LINUS RECIPIENTS
The Tri-Cities, WA Chapter of Project Linus distributes new, handmade, washable blankets for children at the following
agencies throughout the area:

Kadlec Hospital – Richland (NICU, ER, & Birthing Center)
Kennewick General Hospital – Kennewick (Pediatrics)
Lourdes Hospital – Pasco (Birthing Center)
Lourdes Urgent Care Rd. 68 – Pasco
Sunnyside Hospital – Sunnyside (ER)
Children’s Services – Kennewick
E.P.I.C. – Kennewick
Kids’ Haven – Kennewick
Hospice & Tri-Cities Chaplaincy – Kennewick
Grace Clinic – Pasco
Birth Right – Prosser
Gideon’s Closet – Connell
Prosser Fire Dept.
Kennewick Fire Dept.
Pasco Fire Dept.
Richland Fire Dept.
Royal Family Kids’ Camp – Pasco
American Red Cross
DSHS (Family Services) – Walla Walla
First Steps – Walla Walla
Hospice – Walla Walla

*Cash donations are always appreciated and tax deductible. Project Linus is a 100% non-profit organization

                                  Watch for our local chapter website coming soon!

                                    If you have any questions, either call or email
                                          Tracy.holland@pnl.gov (376-5081)




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