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Caring and Sharing

While so many of us love making things for ourselves and our families, many in the Lion community go further, creating for those in need. Join us in this section and be touched by these true stories of caring and sharing submitted by Lion Brand readers.

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The Linus Ladies

Here is the Project Linus Mission Statement

First
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
Provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.



I found out about Project Linus from a craft ministry at my church. We were being introduced to a new charity every month and I found Project Linus captured my heart. In the beginning Project Linus was all about sewing flannel blankets. I went to bi-annual blanket party and I was one of many volunteers and there were many work stations to choose from. I worked at the tagging station, hand sewing Project Linus tags on each blanket.

Even though this blanket party was specifically for flannel blankets I found out they also accepted knit, crochet and fleece blankets. While tagging I made many friends, one of them said "Wouldn't it be great if they had home blanket making parties?" This comment was the beginning of the group in my home, called the Linus Ladies. I have to tell you I did not know how to knit or crochet but wanted to and did learn to crochet quickly. I couldn't think of anything more incredible than helping children 0-18 years old who needed a warm touch of love. There are now 15-18 women meeting in my home once a month to make blankets. We knit, crochet, make cut and tie fleece blankets and have learned everything you can do with yarn and a huge variety of patterns. We are always teaching each other new things and we also teach other's who want to join our group.

This month alone we turned in 56 home made blankets. This was an incredible amount because of the bad snow we've had in Michigan, February's attendance was low. There were only 8 ladies who contributed 56 blankets. So our average for the year is at least 450+ blankets. When a need arises we step up to the plate. Once a year we provide 70+ blankets to the Kids with Cancer Camp, in addition to our regular monthly total.

So...as you can see...yarn and patterns from Lion Brand has been very helpful. Some of the ladies have also made pockets on the outside of the blankets for one of your knit and crochet animals. These went to our local hospital children's oncology unit. The blankets also go to homeless shelters, problem pregnancy centers, homes for troubled teens and a shelter for abused women (who have children) and many more.

Project Linus is nation wide and has delivered over 5 million blankets since 1998! There are many letters on the Project Linus web site projectlinus.org that tell you of how appreciated these blankets are.

We love our craft and feel very blessed to share it with others.


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