Wednesday, November 14, 2007

b l u e

If you're just checking in on me this week and wondering what the 'color' posts are about, I'm participating in JCHandmade's "week in color" challenge. :)
Today's color is "blue". I have this blue button on my corkboard, and with the Holidays approaching I thought it would be a great opportunity to share with you one of my favorite organizations--- Project Linus.

From thier website the Project Linus mission is " 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”."

I have been a "Project Linus Blanketeer" for the past 5 years. I love that they only accept HANDMADE blankets. Over the years our chapter has received wonderful (and sometimes heartbreaking) letters from children (and parents of the children) who receive our blankets.

If you are not familiar with Project Linus please do look it up! If you are in the U.S. there is likely a chapter in your area. Even if you don't have time to make a blanket, most chapters GLADLY accept yarn, fabric and supplies (crochet hooks, etc) for making blankets.

I LOVE volunteering! If I had the means to volunteer full-time I probably would :). I hope this post about Project Linus will at least inspire a few of you out there to get involved. If you're already involved with a wonderful volunteer organization, write about it on your blog and let me know! I would love to see what you're up to. :)


Donna Pool said...

This is a wonderful cause! Thanks for featuring it!

Unknown said...

I have never heard of Project Linus! I hurried right over to check out the site. Thanks for spreading the word!!!

And go Spartans!!
I am so horribly homesick. If anyone tells you Austin is better than the Bay Area, just laugh.

iSew said...

You're a super star crocheter. Wow!

I had wanted to get involved with Project Linus before I moved to the UK, thanks so much for bringing it up. Now would be the perfect time for me to volunteer.

Unknown said...

I was checking out some of your projects and going through older posts when I came across this one and the picture with the "Project Linus" caught my eye. My daughter received a Project Linus crocheted blanket back when she was 4 months old. She will be 7 next month, we still have the blanket. It meant so much to us that people cared enough to make such a touching item. It was a relief as a parent to be able to walk into the cardiac ICU and see our baby girl cozy under a beautiful handmade blanket. In those situations there is so much you just can't control, and I just want you to know that you and all the other volunteers who share your crafts really do touch people. She has had 4 open heart surgeries before she was 1. She will have to have at least one more. They told us that she might not make it to two years of age. Now I practically chase her around the house and she is finishing up her first year of school in Kindergarten. I guess what I want to say is, thank you.