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.

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.

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.

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…]