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.

Shop Schwan’s – Support Project Linus Tucson

schwans-newThe holiday season is here, and many of us are already thinking about what to bring to Thanksgiving dinner. Schwan’s Online Grocery Service is offering a yearlong fundraiser for Project Linus Tucson, which starts on Monday, November 2, 2015.

Sign up online and use the Project Linus Tucson campaign ID #24207. We will receive 20% of every order placed with Schwan’s from November 2, 2015 through March 6, 2016. After March 6, Project Linus Tucson will continue to receive 5% until November 2, 2016. If you’re not a regular Schwan’s customer, not to worry! Project Linus Tucson will also receive 40% of all gift certificates ordered.

You don’t have to live in Tucson to support Project Linus Tucson. The Schwan’s fundraiser option is available wherever Schwan’s delivers. Check out their website to see how you can get easy grocery delivery right to your house and support Project Linus Tucson all at the same time!

Every Blanket Counts

Yarned and Dangerous

Addysen with her grandmother Judy

Many people think that Project Linus is for retired folks, but that’s just not the case. Crocheting and knitting have found a popular resurgence within the hipster community, and that has trickled out to other young adults. Addysen Savage is a perfect example of people who have embraced the hooking hobby. She’s a fifteen-year-old high school freshman from the Phoenix area.

Addysen started volunteering with Project Linus West Valley Chapter in Fall 2014. She had been hospitalized and decided that she wanted to make blankets “to give back for all the times I received one when I was in the hospital. It also gives me a sigh of relief knowing other kids can get what I got when they are in a crisis.” The first meeting Addysen attended got her “hyped up. I learned how to do a double stitch, and then a single stitch. I was able to finish my blanket for the month, plus I even made another one on top of it.” [Read more…]

Wrapped in Blankets of Love

Linus loves his blankeyEarlier this month, blanketeers from Southwestern chapters of Project Linus gathered for a regional conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Approximately 85 showed up to sit and sew, crochet, or knit together and share our skills with each other. It was a terrific way to exchange patterns and ideas and our love for children in a very jovial atmosphere.

Eve Buck is the coordinator of the West Valley chapter of Project Linus. She and Judie Aggie, coordinator for the Fountain Hills/Northeast Valley chapter, coordinated the regional conference.

Eve explained that she joined Project Linus in 2005 when she saw a story on a local news station. When Eve retired from being a teacher, “I decided that I needed to find something to do. I started knitting and crocheting again. I thought that I would just make some blankets and I’d be done. That was great. Then the next thing you know, I’m the assistant coordinator. And now I’m the chapter coordinator, and I’ve been doing that for the last five years.” Eve says that she has stayed involved with Project Linus for so long because, “I meet the most fantastic people. I am able to help children, which is my true passion. If I can still help children by making blankets, that’s what I’m going to do.”

Many Project Linus volunteers share similar feelings. [Read more…]

Setting New Records

10587319Project Linus Tucson delivered 5608 blankets in 2014. Since the chapter began in the spring of 1999, we have delivered 52,817 blankets to children in need. Thanks to all of the blanketeers who have donated the time, talent, and love to children in need.

Join us in 2015 and help us share warmth and love.