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ABOUT PROJECT LINUS

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 5 million 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.

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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 53,000 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

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MAKE A BLANKET DAYS  
 
Many schools, churches and other organizations sponsor a Make a Blanket Day.  The organization "budgets" for this and members purchase fabric to make into blankets on behalf of the organization.  Members from the Project Linus Chapter are happy to help with the event.  We suggest that making "no sew" fleece blankets is a great way to get many people involved, as there is no sewing, just cutting the fringe and tying the blankets. 


2013 MABD SCHEDULE

BETHANY EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH - Saturday, Apirl 12, 2014 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.  Our annual make a blanket day at the church.  We will be making no-sew fleece blankets.  301 Riverside Drive, Madison, WI.

UW MADISON - WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING - Saturday, April 29, 2014 noon to 3:00 p.m.  - The group will be meeting at Union South, Varsity Hall and will be making no sew fleece blankets. 

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: info@projectlinus-madison.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).

FEATURES   (ARTICLES OF MABD's for 2013 & 2014)


BETHANY EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH - Saturday, Apirl 12, 2014, 22 church members and several Project Linus volunteers met to make no sew fleece blankets.  This is the 4th year the church has hosted an event for our chapter.  The group made 70 no sew fleece blankets and made a lovely donation of 3 rolls of post card stamps.  We appreciate the continued support from Bethany. 

EDGEWOOD COLLEGE CIRCLE K and STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSN. - On Saturday, March 22, 2014, a group of students met at Washburn Hall to make blankets for our chapter and to also make sandwiches for the homeless and make personal care packages for the homeless through Porch Light.  The group was treated to pizza and snacks and they all worked hard to make up the care packages, sandwiches and 78 no sew fleece blankets.  In addition to this, many of the students made handmade cards to give with the blankets.  A big thank you to Marissa and Megan for getting everything put together and purchasing the fabric for the event. 

HILLEL GROUP - On Wednesday, March 5, a group from the Jewish community met at the Hillel building to make blankets for Project Linus.  The group were treated to snacks and a movie and tied blankets during the event.  30 blankets were made in about 2 hours.  A big thank you to the group for their support.

GIRLS LOVE DIRT TUG OF WAR TEAM - The Girls Love Dirt tug of war team hosted its 4th annual MABD at the Brooklyn Elementary School, Brooklyn, WI.  There was a nice turnout of the team and their families.  The group made 103 no sew fleece blankets in record time!  It was great to meet Emmett this time and see him having fun with the other children.  We appreciate the continued support from this group.  We hope to make this a yearly event!

HAPPY QUILTERS, LAKE EDGE LUTHERAN CHURCH - On Wednesday, October 30, a group of women from the Happy Quilters group came to Lake Edge Lutheran Church to make blankets.  The group made 58 no sew fleece blankets and enjoyed tying and looping them while visiting with their friends.  Another group also sewed 7 NICU blankets for the preemie babies.  Everyone brought a salad and all enjoyed a lovely luncheon.  A big thank you to Doreen Davidson, her husband and others who helped set up the facility and organize a great event. 

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.


MAJOR CONTRIBUTORS - A special thank you to the following companies and individuals who helped support our chapter.
FISKARS, Madison, WI  - 2014 - Rotary blades and scissors
June Tailor Company - donation of 3 large rotary cutting mats
       
BLANKETS

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.

Project Linus volunteers sew a satin Project Linus label on each blanket before it is given to a child.

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WHERE TO DONATE YOUR BLANKETS (be sure you put your name, address and phone number inside each bag you drop off so a "thank you" may be sent to you)

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
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 during hours of operation - Oregon Senior Center, 219 Park St..

          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.

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DONATED BLANKETS

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.

Donated Blankets

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CONTACT US

For questions about the Madison Chapter of Project Linus, contact Anne at 608-850-6096 or
e-mail:
info@projectlinus-madison.org
 

 Thank you for helping Project Linus help comfort kids!

 

All contents Copyright © 2005, 2011 Project Linus - Madison Chapter. All rights reserved.
Revised: March 1, 2014