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Rockingham County, NC Chapter of Project Linus

I am the Coordinator for the Rockingham County, NC Chapter of Project Linus. Knitting has been my hobby since the age of 9--knitting for myself, my family, and gifts for friends.

When I learned about the National Project Linus Organization, I decided "I can do that!" Our chapter donates approximately 500 Linus blankies each year to local agencies (hospitals, fire and police departments, camps for seriously ill children, shelters, etc.) to be given to children who are seriously ill, abused, or traumatized by a situation in their lives. Our organization is 100% volunteer and we accept only new, handmade, washable blankets.

We do not keep track of volunteer hours, but I spend approximately 20 hours per week on making blankets, delivering and picking up blankets, distributing blanket-making materials to volunteers, and on reports and bookkeeping. After 9/11 our chapter sent over 200 blankets to be distributed to children whose parents or siblings were killed in the World Trade Center.

I encourage knitters and crocheters to make blankets for us to help the children in crisis. Occasionally we receive a note from the parent of a child who has received a blanket, and they tell us that the blanket gives the child a sense of security and lets the child know that "someone cares."

Nurses tell us that the blankets calm the children down, especially when the child is facing a "scary" procedure in the hospital.

Our chapter received the North Carolina Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. Our favorite Lion Brand yarns to use are Jiffy and Jamie.


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