Project Linus Blanket Day scheduled

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 7:00 PM

The Middle Tennessee Chapter of Project Linus will hold a blanket-making day Saturday from 9:30 am until 2 pm at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church at 1655 W. Main Street in Lebanon.  All the blankets made will be given to traumatized children.  Anyone can help even if you don’t know how to sew or quilt.   People will be available to show you how to sew or how you can help in other ways!  If possible, bring your sewing machine, yarn, supplies, etc and enjoy some fun.  You can go for an hour or two, or take a lunch and stay all day.  Refreshments will be provided.

“Project Linus can only be successful if the community gets involved.  Hopefully, many people will come help make blankets and/or donate material,” says Tina Wilke, Middle Tennessee Chapter Coordinator.  “Project Linus accepts homemade quilts, afghans, and fleece blankets.”  Monetary gifts to Project Linus as well as donations of new cotton or flannel fabric, fleece (1¾ to 2 yards), yarn, batting or other supplies are also accepted.  

The mission of Project Linus 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, washable blankets and afghans, lovingly crafted by volunteers, whom we call “blanketeers”.  Project Linus also provides a creative outlet and fun community service for those who wish to use their talents to help children.  The Middle Tennessee/Nashville Chapter was established in Oct. 2001, and has now donated blankets to more than 21,000 children.  

Blankets from this chapter are delivered to facilities such as Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Centennial Medical Center, Our Kids, and Alive Hospice.  Project Linus has also donated blankets to victims of national tragedies, such as the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and Superstorm Sandy, along with children of military personnel who lost their lives serving our great country.  The volunteer non-profit 501c3 organization has now delivered a total of over 5 million blankets nationally since 1998.

For more information on the blanket day and/or to learn more about Project Linus, please contact Tina Wilke at 615-584-5799 or tinaplmidtn@gmail.com, or Tammy Dillard, co-coordinator, at 615-238-1883 or tammyplmidtn@gmail.com.  More information about Project Linus can also be found on the national website atprojectlinus.org.

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