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Plans for future Make a Blanket Sessions

Posted by Mary Crew on December 28, 2016 at 11:30 PM
We are now into February as far as making plans for group Make a Blanket Sessions. We have all the available dates filled for January, so we are taking dates for February and beyond. Please remember that we live in the Charlotte area, and it takes us time to schedule volunteers, plot a map to your location, and make arrangements with our families and activities to be able to travel to your location. Also, take into consideration the abilities and skills of your group. Children under about 8 are often not skilled enough to measure and cut the fleece for making no-sew blankets. Adults usually need at very least one and a half hours to get our instructions and make blankets. We start our sessions with a short talk about our organization and what/why we do. Then we give instructions on how to make the blankets by our methods. It will probably be different from your previous experience, so stay open minded about our method. If you need to do your own Make-a-Blanket session, we respectfully ask that you make the blankets as carefully as possible using very straight cuts, leaving loose plump knots in the fringe so we can remake the blanket if it comes out ragged. We have a lot of blankets to process, and it will speed the delivery of your blankets to recipient children if the blankets meet national standards. We take each blanket and inspect it, label it with our special Project Linus labels, and then launder it before bagging it with others to distribute to the various facilities and organizations who help us get the blankets to the children. Because of the HIPPA and privacy laws, we cannot guarantee you the possibility of giving out blankets to individuals. We very seldom get to see the kids who get our blankets, but we know they are given out as we get word back from some recipients and parents, letting us know how much tour blankets have comforted and given security and good feelings to the children. Thank you for considering helping us make these precious blankets.

Help for Hurricane Matthew victims

Posted by Mary Crew on October 24, 2016 at 11:30 AM

If you want to help a church in New Bern, NC, contact me at [email protected] for an address.  We will be sending children's blankets, but they will need other supplies and items.  We hope to be of help to these people soon. 

New County in our Service Area: Iredell

Posted by Mary Crew on July 16, 2016 at 3:10 PM

As of July, 2016, our chapter of Project Linus now has a new county in our service area. We have adopted Iredell county for reception of our handmade hugs for children in traumatic situations.  We have some lovely ladies who work and live in Iredell county and who want their area to be included in the distribution of blankets, so since that area has lost its coordinator, we decided we could help them with this wish.  If you live in Iredell county and wish to help out with this work, please contact us with your name, address, and phone number/email address, so we can add you to our list of volunteers who will help us in the endeavor to bring a sense of comfort and security to children in hospitals, shelters, child advocacy centers, and other places of service to these chldren.   Please contact us at [email protected]    

Discover Mint Hill Project Linus Booth

Posted by Mary Crew on April 15, 2016 at 1:45 PM

Come join us on Saturday, May 7, 20216, from 9-3, at our booth in the Historical Village in Mint Hill.  We will be demonstrating making blankets and telling what all we do as well as some give aways and other things.   There will be a great deal of other booths as people from all over Mint Hill will be showing what they do for the interest of a better life in the Mint Hill and Charlotte-Mecklenburg area. There will be some good things happening first thing in the morning, starting at  9 am.  The VFW and some Eagle Scouts will be haveing some special ceremonies around 9:30, so you won't want to miss those.  We hope to see you there.  Our booth will be next to the old school house.  Wear your walking shoes.  

Celebration of our 20,000th blanket delivery

Posted by Mary Crew on February 25, 2016 at 1:55 PM

We have now delivered over 20,000 blankets in the Charlotte, NC, metro area including 5 counties.  We are so proud of the fact that children from birth to 18 in 5 plus counties in our state who are seriously ill, premature, injured, assaulted, or have lost their homes have been given a blanket from our chapter for their comfort and security.  We are planning on celebrating our happy time with a dinner at a restaurant on March 8, 2016.

New Quilt Class and Group

Posted by Mary Crew on September 5, 2015 at 7:30 PM
If you want to learn to quilt or just brush up on your skills, please join us during our new quilt group on the first Friday of each month, from10 A.M. to 3 P.M. at the West Stanly Senior Center in Locust, NC. Judy Lynch was instumental in starting the group as she got together a two day class for quilters in May at the Stanly County Ag Center in Albemarle. It was so well received and enjoyed that the ladies asked to have a monthly meeting to sew quilts for Project Linus. Judy's connections made it possible for us to meet on the first Fridays at the West Stanly Senior Center in Locust from 10 am till 3 pm, each person bringing a bag lunch, then having a delicious dessert mady by Judy herself. She has arranged for Nancy Wells to teach both the quilt class and coach at the quilting sessions. Judy helps coach/teach, sets up the room, cleans up after, brings supplies and fabric, as well as making and serving the dessert and coffee, and hauling lots of stuff back home each month. She is our go-to person for Stanly county, making blankets, finishing some, edging some, and delivering blankets to several facilities in Stanly county which help children in illness or distress. We hope you'll join us there each month if you can, and make some quilts for Project Linus to give the kids. Thanks to Judy and Nancy for doing all this work with happy smiling faces.

Hurricane Sandy Relief

Posted by Mary Crew on November 24, 2012 at 11:40 PM

We had such a wonderful response to our meeting on November 13, 2012, that we were able to send 92 blankets, so far, to victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey. We sent blankets by mail and by personal courier: my son Scott and his sweet wife Chrissy, whose family lives on Long Island. They went up to visit her family for Thankgiving, and met with coordinator Mary Reardon. She gave our blankets to a group of victims who were gathered at the nearby park waiting for some help.

We also sent some by mail to a parish priest in East Meadow, NY, as well as a coordinator in New Jersey, Marianne McCarthey. Additionally, we sent along some scarves and caps knitted by the loving ladies in the Mint Hill Helping Hands group who give us beautiful hand knitted and crocheted blankets each month. We plan to send even more blankets up this month.

Thank you for helping us supply blankets to these kids who have suffered so much loss due to the hurricane and storm which followed.

Successful delivery of 10,000th blanket

Posted by Mary Crew on June 11, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Our celebration and delivery of the ten thousandth blanket made and distributed in the Charlotte metro area was on Saturday, September 17, at 3:00 in the afternoon. We met in our previous meeting site, the Fellowship Hall of Candlewyck Baptist Church on Providence Road in the Arboretum area of south Charlotte. It was quite a nice celebration and enjoyable for all attendees.

Our recipient was Jacob Goodson who is a young boy with SMA, a very rare, paralyzing disease of the neuromuscular system. He chose a bright green and orange quilt with "little monsters" on it. His mother, Jennifer Goodson accompanied him along with one of his nurses. We hope Jake can feel our love and good wishes with the Linus Hug we gave him. We also sent his sister a blanket with puppies on it, since she loves dogs so much.

Our blanketeers come from every walk of life and are absolutely the best people in the world. Many of them sacrifice in order to make these hand crafted hugs. We appreciate each of them and hope they have long and happy lives. If you'd like to join us in making handmade hugs for children, please join us monthly at our meetings, and we can help you. Hope to see you soon.


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