Charlotte County Chapter

     Port Charlotte Fl

Project Linus is a volunteer non-profit national organization with a two-fold mission.

· First, it is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”

Second, it is our mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.

On Christmas Eve in 1995, an article appeared in Parade Magazine entitled, "Joy to the World." Part of the article featured a petite, downy haired child. She had been going though intensive chemotherapy and stated that her security blanket had helped her get through treatments. Karen Loucks decided to provide homemade security blankets to Denver's Rocky Mountain Children's Cancer Center. Project Linus was born!

Project Linus was named after the adorable security blanket-toting character from the Peanuts comic strip. Creator Charles Schulz was aware of our efforts and delighted to have Linus inspire blanket makers to help comfort children in need.

 

How Project Linus Began

CHRISTMAS 1995

 

On Christmas Eve in 1995, an article appeared in Parade Magazine entitled, "Joy to the World." Part of the article featured a petite, downy haired child. She had been going though intensive chemotherapy and stated that her security blanket had helped her get through treatments.

 

“Laura has unusual compassion for others,” Charlotte Barry-Williams of Oceanside, California, says of her daughter, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 1993. “I guess part of the reason is that she has experienced so much pain herself.”

 

A special “blankie” has helped Laura, 3, get through more than two years of intensive chemotherapy. She takes it to the hospital with her when she goes for treatment. When she was first diagnosed, 97 percent of her bone marrow contained cancerous cells. Although chemotherapy has helped eradicate the cancer, she has had to endure nausea, high fevers and the loss of her hair. An allergic reaction at one point caused her to lose vital signs.

 

After reading this Karen Loucks, a nurse, decided to provide homemade security blankets to Denver's Rocky Mountain Children's Cancer Center. Project Linus was born!

 

Project Linus was named after the adorable security blanket-toting character from the Peanuts comic strip. Creator Charles Schulz was aware of our efforts and delighted to have Linus inspire blanket makers to help comfort children in need.

 

Project Linus has 368 chapters in the United States.  Linus inspired blanket makers to help comfort children in need.  The total of donated blankets country wide has risen to over 4,700,000 since 1995.