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.

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…]