Welcome to the Philadelphia Chapter of Project Linus
 

 

Project Linus -

Philadelphia Chapter

January 2016

MABD date update:

Our annual Make a Blanket day has been changed to March 5, 2016

Where:  Horsham Library from 10:30-1:30



Happy New Year everyone.  I hope everyone had a great holiday.
2015 was another successful year for the Philadelphia Chapter.
I appreciate everyone?s support from making blankets and quilts, labeling blankets, delivering to facilities or donations.  The Philadelphia chapter needs everyone?s help to continue our mission of providing comfort to sick and traumatized children.
Below are the donations to the facilities during 2015.

Camp Dragonfly, Phila PA

30

Camp Erin, Horsham, PA

97

Camp Marisposa, Quakertown PA

25

Children's Hospital of Phila Philadelphia PA

563

Comfort Care Foster Care, Reading PA

15

Hahnemann NICU, Philadelphia PA

47

Individual child

4

PA Hospital, Philadelphia PA

30

Safe Harbor Bereavement program, Willow Grove PA

114

Shriners Hospital, Philadelphia PA

12

Special People in the Northeast

55

St Christopher's Hospital, Philadelphia PA

860

Zion Baptist Care Ministry, Philadelphia PA

3

Grand Total

1855

 
I am working on a few new facilities for 2016 that I hope to add to the list.
Since October 2003, the Philadelphia chapter has delivered 26,500 blankets to children in need of a big hug.  All I can say is WOW and THANK YOU!!

Quilter's alert:
Camp Erin will once again be held in May 2016.  If you or your group are making quilts for Camp Erin we once again will need 50 boy and 50 girl or unisex quilts.  Please try and avoid the flowers and pinks.  I have some girl quilts left from last year that will be used for the camp this year.  But we just had enough boy quilts last year and I don?t have any boy quilts going into 2016.
Also I do have some fabric that has been donated if anyone needs some.  Please let me know.
 
 
2016 Make a Blanket Day will once again be held at the Horsham Library, Come and sit with us.  Help label, knit crochet or make a fleece blanket.
Everyone is welcome just let me know if you are attending. 
Faith Ehrlich is coordinating the making of fleece blankets for us. We will have fleece available to make into blankets.  If you are coming and interested in making the fleece blankets, let me know just to make sure we have enough fleece.
WHEN: March 5, 2016     (10:30-1:30)
WHERE: Horsham Township Library, 435 Babylon Road, Horsham PA


PROJECT LINUS????DID YOU KNOW?  (2016) 
Here are some interesting facts and figures about Project Linus:
 
·         Karen Loucks started Project Linus on December 24, 1995.  The Philadelphia Chapter began in 2003.
 ·         Project Linus nationally has been alive for 6,942 days as of January 1, 2016.
 ·         Project Linus National has had nonprofit status since May 12, 1997.
 ·         Project Linus nationally has officially collected over 5.7 million blankets as of January 1, 2014.  If 60% of them are fabric, that translates into over 10.26 million yards of fabric.  If 40% are afghans, that is over 18.24 million skeins of yarn.
 ·         If each blanket is an average of 60? long, and we laid them end to end, they would stretch 28.5 million feet or 5,398 miles.  That is as tall as 982 Mt. Everest, or
16,047 One World Trade Centers or 22,800 Empire State Buildings or as long as 95,000 football fields!
     As of January 1, 2016, Project Linus has about 280 chapters in the United States.  We have 280 wonderful, compassionate coordinators.
·         If each of our 280 coordinators donates an average of 20 hours per week to their chapter, that would mean about 1,040 hours per year each.  And that?s just coordinators! On an average a knitted or crocheted blanket can take 15 - 20 hours to complete.  Quilts can take days or weeks of total time to complete.

Bright Blessing for a Happy and Healthy 2016.  I look forward to hearing from everyone through-out the year or seeing you at the MABD.


UPDATED:  Drop off locations as of August 2015:

Homemade Goodies by Roz

510 S 5th St, Philadelphia PA.  Contact Roz

Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave, Philadelphia PA

All blankets must be taken to the children's dept.

Deer Meadows Retirement Community, 8301 Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia PA

Contact: Doris Waddell.  Take the blankets to the security desk at the main entrance and let them know they are Project Linus blankets for Doris.

Contact Janet for additional drop off locations, including one in Dresher PA. 







 



 



 







 

Interested in helping the Philadelphia Chapter of Project Linus?  We need handmade blankets of all sizes, knitted, crochet, quilts or fleece blankets. Contact Janet for more information.
 
 
Since our start in 2001, the Philadelphia chapter has received and donated 26,500 blankets to children in need of a big hug.
 

In case you missed it Project Linus was in the Philadelphia Daily news, here's a link to the article on the Philadelphia Project Linus facebook page.    Project Linus
 
Philly.com link:  Project Linus
 
 
If you don't sew, knit or crochet and would like like to help the Philadelphia Chapter of Project Linus with our mission of helping sick and traumatized children, we accept donations of new yarn, fleece or 100% cotton quilting fabric.  
 
Project Linus also accepts monetary donations. Here's a link to the National Project Linus site Project Linus donations where you can make a donation.  Please include in your donation for the benefit of the Philadelphia chapter.
  

 Our next Make a blanket day will be held in February.  Check back for details!

Our Origins

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. She had been going through intensive chemotherapy and stated that her security blanket helped her get through the treatments. After reading the article, Karen Loucks decided to provide homemade security blankets to Denver?s Rocky Mountain Children?s Cancer Center, and Project Linus was born.

 

Mission Statement

Project Linus is a 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.

 How you can help: 

 We are always in need of your help to assist us in fulfilling our mission. There are several ways you can help out: donate home-made blankets by becoming a ?blanketeer,? give of your time at a local chapter,  make tax-deductible donations to our national organization.

Project Linus is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

 

 

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