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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.”
Provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
On Christmas Eve, 1995, an article titled “Joy to the World” appeared in Parade Magazine. It was written by Pulitzer Prize winning photo-journalist, Eddie Adams. Part of the article featured a petite, downy haired child named Laura.
A special “blankie” has helped Laura, 3, get through more than two years of intensive chemotherapy. She takes it to the hospital with her when she goes for treatment. When she was first diagnosed, 97 percent of her bone marrow contained cancerous cells. Although chemotherapy has helped eradicate the cancer, she has had to endure nausea, high fevers and the loss of her hair. An allergic reaction at one point caused her to lose vital signs. “She doesn’t understand what cancer means,” her mother says. “She’s a very joyous and happy person, very curious.” Her mother hopes Laura can start preschool next spring.
After reading the article, Karen Loucks decided to provide new handmade security blankets to Denver’s Rocky Mountain Children’s Cancer Center. Word of her efforts and her desire to help children find some comfort began to spread…
And Project Linus was born. Our namesake is the Peanuts character Linus, the blanket-toting friend of Charlie Brown. Peanuts creator Charles Schultz became aware of these efforts and was happy to support the cause.
PROJECT LINUS BLANKETS THE WORLD
Since its beginning hundreds of chapters of Project Linus have formed throughout the United States, Canada and England. In Canada Project Linus is a registered charity with over 40 chapters. Together these gifted hands have created and delivered thousands of blankets globally to Kazakhstan, South Africa, Zimbabwe, as well as several locations in Central and South America..
PROJECT LINUS RICHMOND HILL
Meets every Thursday 10:00 am – Noon
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
10131 Bayview Avenue
Project Linus Richmond Hill has donated over 4000 blankets to the following locations:
NORTH YORK GENERAL HOSPITAL
MARKHAM STOUFFVILLE HOSPITAL
MARKHAM WOMEN’S SHELTER
BLUE DOOR SHELTER
SOUTH LAKE HOSPITAL
BRAMPTON OSLER HOSPITAL
Interested but can’t knit or crochet? No problem! We will teach you and even supply you with some necessary tools. Coffee and Fellowship is always in generous supply!
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church