Who we are as a National Orginzation? Project Linus was named after Linus, that little guy who appeared in the Snoopy cartoon, walking around sucking his thumb and holding a blanket over his shoulder. Now this little guy is currently the logo for a national nonprofit organization called Project Linus that knits, crochets and quilts blankets for seriously ill and traumatized children from birth to 18 years of age.
In 1995 a woman named Karen Loucks read an article in Parade Magazine about a 3-year old child with leukemia who never went anywhere without her blanket. This child relied on the blanket for comfort through months of chemotherapy and pain and suffering. Karen decided to provide homemade security blankets to Denver’s Rocky Mountain Children’s Cancer Center and Project Linus was born. Project Linus started on the national level on October 27, 1995, and as of 2015 has distributed 5.7 million blankets to children in crisis, which translates into 10.3 million yards of fabric and 18.3 million skeins of yarn. If the 5.7 million blankets averaged 60" long and were laid end to end, they would stretch 5,398 miles. As of January 2016, there are 280 Project Linus chapters in the United States led by 280 compassionate and dedicated coordinators that each average 1,040 hours donated annually. Since that time Project Linus has grown to include children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, victims of abuse, violence and anywhere that a child might be in need of a big hug.
Who we are as a Local Orginzation? As a local chapter our group meets once a month to make blankets.
Project Linus Medford, Oregon, serving Jackson County, Oregon, began on August 21, 2015, with Gayle Merz as the coordinator, with 10 charter members.