Day 42 — Project Linus
Become a 'blankateer' to provide comfort to a sick child
Photo courtesy of Maureen Churchill
Project Linus is one of my favorite organizations to support. It is named after the character, Linus, from The Peanuts, who was always seen with his beloved blue blanket. In honor his love for that blanket, Project Linus collects handmade blankets to give to children in need.
I love blankets. One of my favorite things to do is snuggle up under a warm blanket and relax. When my son was young he had a favorite taggie blanket my mother made for him that he took everywhere. Blankets provide comfort and familiarity to children.
Imagine a sick child in an unfamiliar hospital room, hearing unfamiliar sounds and not feeling well. Having a favorite blanket can create a calming effect. A special blanket to cover you, keep you warm and provide comfort can make a big difference for a child.
I’ve been making blankets for a while, both for Project Linus and Quilts for Kids. The common thing you hear from recipients is that they can’t believe a stranger would take the time to make them a blanket. To know there is someone out there thinking about you and wanting you to feel better, is a wonderful gift to give a sick child and their parents.
For today’s act of kindness I made a blanket. I dropped it off at Womancraft Gifts in Carrboro, which volunteers as a collection location for the blankets. I hope the message on the blanket will provide its recipient with some hope and strength to continue to fight.
From Project Linus's website:
Our first mission is 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.”
Learn more about the reason behind Maureen's 43 days of kindness blog idea here.