Project Linus, a warming association

June22, 2009 – Since October, 2001, mambers of the Project Linus Nashville Chapter, which is actually located here in Lebanon, has made and donated over 10,000 blankets to Project Linus for distribution to traumatized children.
Jun 22, 2009

June22, 2009 – Since October, 2001, mambers of the Project Linus Nashville Chapter, which is actually located here in Lebanon, has made and donated over 10,000 blankets to Project Linus for distribution to traumatized children.
On a national basis, more than 2.6 million have found their way to needy children in hospitals and other facilities and circumstances.
This past Saturday, 16 of the local members were hard at work again. Congregating for this session at the Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lebanon, the ladies made a day of it as sewing machines hummed, knitting and crochet needles clicked and chatter abounded as the volunteers selected fabrics, sewed quilting pieces together, turned out afghans or decorated their projects.
ometimes the day includes a pot-luck lunch, but today, the chapter has furnished the food, which the group takes time out to enjoy.
Kit Rosskamp, coordinator, said they have met monthly so far this year, sometimes in Lebanon, sometimes in Mt. Juliet and Nashville.
"Next month, we will be in Nashville on July 18 at Trinity Presbyterian Church for a paper piecing. People come from all over to work," said Rosskamp.
She said most of the blankets they make through this chapter stay within their local borders in Middle Tennessee and include hospitals catering to kids, organizations, police, sheriff and fire departments and individuals who are victims of disasters.
"Providing security through blankets," Project Linus is a volunteer non-profit organization with a two-fold mission:
First is 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 their mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
"When I first got into Project Linus, my whole family got behind me and jumped in with both feet," said Rosskamp. "Our members are all like that. I think it's interesting that it was a man, who after seeing what the blankets did for the children, suggested we make the project a mission of our church."
The group is always looking for new volunteers or donations. Rosskamp said currently they are running low on yarn, no wool, in child-friendly colors, and quilt padding.
As the group was coming to the end of their work day, each lady was getting their work piece to a stopping point. Catherine Whitaker of Lebanon found a fabric she liked for a new project and was looking for something to back it with so she could take it home and work on it from there as the day ended.
For more information on Project Linus, go to their Web site at www.projectlinusnashville.org or call Kit Rosskamp at 443-3856 or 615-604-7317. Or, you can e-mail her at kitrosskamp@yahoo.com.

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