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I am a coordinator for a chapter of Project Linus - an all-volunteer charity that makes security blankets for children in hospitals and shelters. I became involved because of my love of crocheting and I have now learned how to knit -- my newest passion!
I wanted to tell you two stories. The first one is about the beautifully textured afghan crocheted out of Pound of Love yarn that was given to a 3 yr old blind girl at our local hospital. The Child Life Specialist told me how this little girl loved to run her fingers over and through the stitches. It gave her great pleasure to do so and had a calming effect like no other blanket could. We love Pound of Love yarn for its softness.
The next story is about a boy who was also hospitalized. He was involved in a serious accident along with his mother. Since his mother was on a different floor, the hospital staff had to put him in a wheelchair in order to allow him to visit her (hospital regulations). He refused to get in the wheelchair unless his Project Linus blanket, a knitted afghan, was in the chair first.
Project Linus blankets have a wonderful, positive effect on the children who receive them. If there are crocheters or knitters out there who have made afghans for everyone in their families and want to make more, please tell them about Project Linus. Project Linus provided over 10,000 blankets to families who lost loved ones in the 9/11 disaster. The national Project Linus website is: www.projectlinus.org
Thanks for this opportunity to tell everyone about Project Linus!