Project Linus is a non-profit organization, dedicated to "Providing Security Through Blankets," for ill or traumatized children and teens. Inspired by a picture of a three-year-old cancer patient holding her security blanket, Project Linus was begun in 1995 by Karen Loucks. Nationally, Project Linus has donated more than 4,463,213 handmade blankets to help comfort children in need in hospitals, shelters, and hospices. Project Linus has 368 chapters in the United States. Project Linus was named after the adorable security blanket toting character from the Peanuts comic strip.
The Project Linus national website has a great listing of patterns for you to use.
DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Our chapter relies on volunteerism and donations.
Volunteers may donate time on their own by making blankets in their home or by
coming to planned Make a Blanket Days. Volunteers are also needed to help
at Make a Blanket Days, label and inspect donated blankets, and help at
delivering blankets to the organizations and hospitals.
Donations may be handmade blankets, fabric, gift cards to fabric stores, monetary donations, or tools and equipment for sewing. In addition to the costs of fabric to make close to 6,000 blankets each year, we have expenses such as postage, satin labels, which are required by our National Headquarters and placed on each and every blanket, paper hang tags and paper labels. Any and all donations and time are greatly appreciated!
ABOUT THE MADISON CHAPTER
Anne Urso coordinates the Madison Area Chapter. Over 47,460 blankets have been donated through the Madison Area Chapter to children in Wisconsin. Our chapter tries to donate 500 blankets each month.
An article appeared in the November 13, 1998 edition of The Capital Times about Project Linus. To quote Mary Kaminski, child life director at American Family Children's Hospital,
It's great to see the kids' faces when they pick out a blanket. These blankets give them comfort, a sense of worth, both physically and emotionally. Having them made by someone is a big factor. They realize the time it took. It's kind of like bringing someone who is ill homemade chicken soup instead of buying a can. It makes the parents feel that the kids are being cared for.
Delivery Team August, 2010
2013 MABD SCHEDULE
COVENANT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - Sunday, November 10, 2013 - noon to 4 p.m. The group will be making no sew fleece blankets.
STUDENT NURSING ASSOCIATION - Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 7:00 p.m. - The group will be making no-sew fleece blankets. Location is Union South.
THE ELECTRIC NEEDLE - Odana Rd. (Market Square Mall) Come to the Electric Needle every 3rd Friday of the month from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. to make Neonatal Intensive Care Blankets (NICU). Please bring 2 pieces of 1-1/4 yards of flannel (1 print, 1 solid) to make one blanket. You may bring more if you would like! Sewing machines and ironing boards will be provided, as well as volunteers from Project Linus to assist you with instructions on making the blankets. Please contact the Electric Needle to sign up for a spot. 831-3770.
If your organization is interested in sponsoring a Make A Blanket Day, please contact Anne Urso at 608-850-6096 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
No sew, single layer fleece blankets will be made during this event. We are asking that everyone brings 2 pieces of 1-1/2 yard lengths of printed fleece fabric (enough to make 2 blankets per person).
MERITER HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER SERVICES On Tuesday, October 22, a group of employees from Meriter Hospital and Friends 4 Friends met at the Fitchburg Library to have their first no-sew make a blanket day. There were about 30 people in attendance and the group watched a video about Project Linus and learned how to make no-sew fleece blankets. Everyone participated in cutting and tying the blankets. It was a great way for fellow employees to sit get to know others and do something great for othe community. 71 blankets were made that day and they will be going back to Meriter for delivery. A big thank you to Julie H. for coordinating the event!
WESTSIDE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL - GRANDPEOPLE DAY - On Friday, Oct. 11, the school hosted their second make a blanket day in conjunction with grandpeople day. The 7th and 8th grade students and their grandpeople sat and tied no sew fleece blankets. The group tied 25 blankets that morning. A big thanks to Hank H. for coordinating this again.
EDGEWOOD COLLEGE CIRCLE K and STUDENT GOVERNMENT MABD
On Monday, August 26, 2013, incoming freshmen participated in a community outreach project as a way to meet new students and learn more about Edgewood's Circle K and Student Government Association. The group met at 1:30 p.m. and worked on single layer no-sew fleece blankets. In about 1 hour, they made 45 blankets. This is the fifth year Edgewood has sponsored this event. We are so thankful to have had this opportunity and hope to continue this in years to come.
ST. ANDREW'S SUMMER BIBLE CAMP - On Thursday, July 25, 2013, a group of students attending the summer bible camp at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church made 29 single layer no-sew fleece blankets. The group did a wonderful job working together and learning about Project Linus. Thanks to Ashley O. and her mom for picking out the lovely prints and thanks to Hank Hoenecke for promoting Project Linus once again.
VERONA FIRE STATION - In Honor of Kalise Peterson - On Saturday, April 27, a large group of volunteers met to make blankets for the Madison Area Chapter of Project Linus. The group started at noon and worked until 4:00 p.m. The final count isn't in yet, but we are estimating nearly 175 blankets that will be donated from this event. A big thank you to Nancy Peterson for coordinating this event. This is the second time she has held a Make a Blanket Day in honor of her granddaughter, Kalise. Also, a big thank you to the Verona Fire Station for letting us use their facility and to Milio's for the donation of sub sandwiches for the event.
BETHANY EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH
- The White Cross group from the church held their 3rd annual MABD. The
group met from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. The focus was single layer no-sew
fleece blankets. The group finished over 90 blankets and have more to
finish at their meeting in early May. A big thank you to Evie Friis for
coordinating the event and to Sharon and Pastor for allowing us to come and work
again this year.
GIRLS LOVE DIRT TUG OF WAR TEAM - The Girls Love Dirt tug of war team hosted its 3rd annual MABD at the Brooklyn Elementary School, Brooklyn, WI. There was a nice turnout of women and children today and they made a total of 71 single layer fleece blankets. We appreciate the continued support from this group. We hope to make this a yearly event!
MADISON FIGURE SKATING CLUB
- On Monday, January 21,2013, the Madison Figure Skating Club hosted it's 4th
skating day event. The club had various activities going on at the Madison
Ice Rink including a mini Make a Blanket Day. The kids and staff made
39 no sew fleece blankets. We appreciate the continue support the club has
given us the past 4 years.
MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS - A special thank you to the following companies and individuals who helped support our chapter.
June Tailor Company - donation of 3 large rotary cutting mats
Catelyn Anna Owen Memorial - gift card
FISKARS, Madison, WI - 2012 - Rotary blades, scissors and scissors sharpeners
UW Law School - sponsor of our largest MABD to date
Edgewood College's Circle K & Student Government Association - sponsor of a MABD
Blankets should be homemade of all-new washable materials (Do not use any recycled materials or wool.) in child or teen-friendly colors or prints. About 45” by 60” is our most needed blanket size, but blankets of many sizes are useful. Blankets should be at least 36" by 36" for infants, 45" by 45" and 45" by 60" for older kids, up to a maximum of about 54" by 72". Blankets may be knitted, crocheted, fleece or quilted. For fringed fleece blankets, it is best to start with a 1-1/2 yard length of 60-inch wide fleece. "Minky" fleece is not easy to work with, so please do not use this for no-sew fleece blankets.
If you would like to make blankets for Madison's Neonatal Intensive Care Units, please contact Anne by phone or email (see Contact Us section below) for instructions or click here for a .PDF version.
Single Layer No-Sew Fleece Blanket instructions click here See additional tips below
ONE YARD IS TOO SMALL - Please purchase 1-1/2 yards to make a blanket.
DOUBLE-LAYER FLEECE BLANKETS - POPULAR, BUT EXPENSIVE - Our chapter needs the single layer fringed blankets. Save $$ and create 2 single layer blankets for the cost of 1 double.
TRIM OFF SELVEDGES - These are the curly long sides, thick, rough looking with tiny holes and print. They are not part of the blanket panel.
USE SHARP SCISSORS - Cut fringe from 1/2" to 1" wide - the wider the fringe the harder to tie.
TIE EACH PIECE OF FRINGE WITH AN OVERHAND KNOT
For more blanket-making tips, suggestions and ideas, click here.
For a printable list of helpful facts and drop-off information, click here.
Project Linus volunteers sew a satin Project Linus label on each blanket before it is given to a child.
Drop off blankets in Madison from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily at these Madison Fire Stations ONLY:
421 Grand Canyon Drive (TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO RENOVATIONS). PLEASE DROP OFF AT THE ELECTRIC NEEDLE ON ODANA RD.)
4418 Cottage Grove Road
1517 Troy Drive
Other drop-off locations for Madison :
Prudential Community Realty 2001 W. Beltline Hwy, Suite 202, weekdays 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
M & R Sewing and Vacuum, during store hours. 6115 Odana Road.
The Electric Needle, during store hours. 6612 Odana Road @ Market Square, Madison, WI 53719
Drop off blankets in Middleton from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the Middleton Fire Department offices, 7600 University Avenue (University Avenue at the Beltline)
Drop off blankets in Sun Prairie from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. weekdays (Saturdays by chance) at the Sun Prairie Fire Department 122 North Bristol Street. If you have questions, contact: Angela at (608) 837-5066 OR: Drop off blankets at Prudential Community Realty, weekdays 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., 3392 Brooks.
Drop off blankets in Fitchburg from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. weekdays at Fitchburg Fire Station #2, 5415 King James Way (off of Verona Road, near the intersection of King James Way and Kapec Road).
Drop off blankets in Oregon from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Oregon Fire Department, 131 Spring Street.
Drop off blankets in Stoughton at the Stoughton Senior Center between 9 am and 5 pm.
Drop off blankets in Mount Horeb at Bee Happy Quilts, Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., on Main Street.
Each month we deliver handmade blankets to children hospitalized at American Family Children's Hospital, St. Mary's-Madison, and Meriter. The children and their families are always deeply touched by the obvious love and the spirit of generosity with which these blankets were made. Madison-Area Project Linus also donates blankets to Ronald McDonald House, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, Dane County Human Services, Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) and many other area agencies.
For questions about the Madison Chapter of Project Linus, contact Anne at 608-850-6096 email@example.com
Thank you for helping Project Linus help comfort kids!
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Revised: September 4, 2012