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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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.

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…]