5.17.2007

Need Has No Season - April/May

This month's post coincides with the baby blanket I am making for a cousin to be born in June. She will receive a Project Linus blanket. See previous post for a picture.

"Project Linus is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization with a two-fold mission:

First, it is our mission 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 blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers."

Second, it is our mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children." (from the Project Linus website http://www.projectlinus.org )

I know just how important a security blanket is to a little kid. As a child I depended on my security blanket when I had to call the hospital home for a little while. While there "George" (the blanket) and I became fast friends, "George" remains with me today despite my age and marital status. Surprisingly though, Project Linus has the greatest need for blankets for teenagers. One situation in which teens desperately needed the comfort and security of a blanket was in April of 1999 in Littleton Colorado when Columbine High school erupted in gunfire (Knitting for Peace, Christiansen p. 84). Project Linus responds to situations that need the healing powers of comfort and peace found in the threads of a blanket.

Well that is about all you need to know for becoming a "blanketeer". See the organization's website for local chapters. Also, watch your local newspapers/TV and listen to your radios for information about Make a Blanket Days usually the third Saturday of February.

Peace, Alison

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