Thanks to Eagles Wings Quilts/Arizona Vac & Sew

Tim and Dena Dority at Eagles Wings Quilts/Arizona Vac and Sew have been long-time supports of Project Linus Tucson. They opened Eagles Wings Quilting in Casa Grande, AZ on January 14th, 2010. They had one longarm quilting machine. As their business grew, they started offering more services, including a full array of quilting fabrics, notions, and sewing machines. In theFall of 2011, Tim and Dena purchased AZ Vac and Sew Center in Tucson from Ron Sanchez, who has stayed on as a part-time sewing machine repairman.

Tim and Dena have decided that it is time to retire. Project Linus Tucson would like to extend a huge thank you to Tim, Dena and their entire staff for their support of Project Linus Tucson. They opened their workroom to us so that we could have monthly Sit & Sew sessions. They have also been a drop-off location for blankets and quilting supplies. The Doritys have been a treasured partner to our organization, and they will be sorely missed. We wish Tim and Dena a well-earned and peaceful retirement full of Project Linus blanket hugs.

Thank you for everything!
Project Linus Tucson

Hurricane Survivors Need Blanket Hugs

Project Linus National is collecting handmade blankets to help the families impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, and Hurricane Irma in Florida. We have set a goal of collecting 5000 blankets to share. In order to have a coordinated delivery, we have specific guidelines.

  • Blankets should be in the 40″x 50″ approximate size. Absolutely nothing smaller than a 36″ square blanket will be accepted.
  • Fleece, quilts, soft knitted and crocheted blankets will all be accepted.
  • To be included with the Project Linus delivery, all blankets must be handmade.
  • We are also asking for monetary donations to help with shipping costs. Checks can be sent to our chapter coordinator. Please make checks payable to Project Linus Tucson and send them to the address below.
  • All blankets must be checked, labeled and ready to ship by September 23rd.

If you have any questions, please contact our chapter coordinator by phone or via email.

Rene Lassise, Tucson Chapter Coordinator
7981 S. Farmview Place
Tucson, AZ 85756
520-574-2103
rmrjlassise@q.com

Thank you for helping Project Linus share blanket hugs with families in need.

Amazon Smile Helps Project Linus

Are you an Amazon shopper? Great! Shopping with Amazon Smile is a simple way to donate to Project Linus. You’ll find the exact same prices as shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. It’s that easy.

For more ways to support Project Linus Tucson, check out our Donations page.

Join the Summer 26 Miles in 26 Days Challenge

Summer is always a “slow time” for Project Linus donations. Many of us travel, and Tucson’s winter visitors beat the heat by leaving the desert. Here’s a way to stay active and contribute to Project Linus, regardless of where you are.

Please join Project Linus for the Summer 26 Miles in 26 Days Challenge. It’s quick, it’s healthy, it’s fun, AND you can help Project Linus in the process. The challenge starts on June 20th, the official start of summer, and ends on July 29th.

You can achieve your goal in any way you choose: biking, running, walking, swimming, rollerblading, etc. You must complete one mile (or more) per day, and you must do this for twenty-six days. (However, you do have thirty days to complete the challenge, which gives you a little “wiggle room” to finish). If you can’t complete a full mile all at once, break it into portions. Walk a quarter mile four times a day, or break it into steps. One mile is approximately 10,000 steps.

Anyone can participate. How about challenging your friends, family, guild members, church friends, and neighbors to this twenty-six day fitness challenge? Participants who complete the 26 Day Challenge will receive a beautiful Special Event Medal. To sweeten the deal, if you and the people you invited both complete the challenge, you will get a extra prize.

How to Register:
There is a $19 registration fee. Part of the registration fee will be donated to Project Linus. Just click here to register.

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Project Linus Tucson Teams Up with Christ Lutheran Church

Project Linus Tucson was recently highlighted in the Vail Voice for the service project it conducted at the Del Webb Rancho Del Lago in Vail. Chapter leaders Renee Lassise and Dale Shoots met up with 25 volunteers from the quilting group of Christ Lutheran Church. The group made 60 blankets that will be distributed throughout hospitals in Pima County to children in need. The quilters from Christ Lutheran Church meet on the first Monday of every month. They have donated 142 blankets to Project Linus Tucson so far this year. They believe that “we may not be able to make much change in the world at large, but as individuals, our work, our volunteerism, and our service to others can make a big change in our part of the world.”

Project Linus Tucson is very grateful for the contributions of Christ Lutheran Church, and we look forward to continuing our work with their volunteers.

Project Linus Honored by Washington State Senate

Last month, the Washington State Senate today passed Senate Resolution 8646, honoring the participants of Project Linus for providing handmade blankets to seriously ill and traumatized children.

Formed in 1995, Project Linus gained national notoriety in the wake of the Columbine High School shooting, when Project Linus organizers founded National Make a Blanket Day, sending handmade blankets to local chapters in Denver. The Tucson chapter of Project Linus was founded in 1999.

There are eleven Project Linus chapters in Washington state, and their blanketeers create, collect and distribute thousands of blankets to children in need every year, just as we do here in Tucson. Washington State Senator Sam Hunt said that he sponsored the resolution because “the simple gesture of providing blankets made with love to children diagnosed with severe illnesses so often brings a moment of peace in the face of pain.”

We’re very proud of our fellow blanketeers in Washington and applaud them for their recognition.

Vote for Project Linus!

Ooroo Auto is a community-minded auto repair service based out of Oro Valley. They provide traditional services at their shop on Oracle Road, but they also go out to serve their customers off site. Ooroo Auto extends their commitment to the community with their Community Grant program.

Project Linus Tucson is very lucky to have been selected for the Ooroo Auto Cares grant program. You can help us get the grant by liking our photo over on the Ooroo Auto Facebook page, then share the link on your own Facebook profile and encourage your friends to vote for us. The deadline is March 31st.

Project Linus Mystery Quilt Challenge

Unravel the mystery blanket pattern in Gracie's Get Well Garden

Unravel the blanket pattern in Gracie’s Get Well Garden

Join us as we embark on a new quilt challenge for 2016 and then our 2017 contest. Everyone loves a mystery and this is a great one to top off 2016 and lead us into 2017. Here is how our challenge works:

  • When you register for our 2016 Mystery Quilt Challenge you will be given a user name and password which will unlock the “Mystery Clues” page.
  • Over a period of seven weeks, DETAILED downloadable quilt block instructions will be revealed week by week, as you create Gracie’s beautiful Get Well Garden. The first clue will be revealed on September 10, 2016.
  • The instructions will be appropriate for ALL skill levels, Beginner to Advanced, with a variety of quilting techniques introduced along the way.
  • At the end of the challenge you will have created a beautiful “Gracie’s Get Well Garden” quilt and be eligible to enter it in the 2017 Mystery Quilt Contest!

For more information, visit the national Project Linus website.

Blanket Hugs on KGUN-9

Tucson’s KGUN-9 ran a feature about Project Linus Tucson yesterday. Chapter President Rene Lassise told reporters Tina Jennings and Heather Stricker what Project Linus is all about.

We hope you’ll join us in sharing love with children in need. We have blanket drop off locations all over Pima County. We even have blanketeers down in Benson! Check out our blanket guidelines for information about how to share a blanket hug.

Not a knitter, crocheter, or quilter? No problem! We need all kinds of things to keep our nonprofit volunteer-run organization going. Check out our Donate page to see how you can provide financial support for Project Linus Tucson.

Get Your Craft On

gladden farms logoProject Linus Tucson volunteers make blankets, but many of us dabble in other crafts as well, like jewelry making and drawing.

Project Linus Tucson has been invited to participate in the Gladden Farms Snow Days Festival on December 19, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. We will be spreading the word about our work.

Our supporters have been invited to have their own booths to sell their wares. Booths are only $25. If you sign up under Project Linus, Gladden Farms Community Association will donate $10 of your booth fee to Project Linus Tucson. Please email our chapter coordinator, Rene Lassise, and let her know that you’re interested in reserving a booth.