This is a community service project taken on by the guild to provide new, handmade blankets to critically ill and traumatized children that are sewn, quilted, knitted, or crocheted. They must be washable and in kid friendly colors and/or patterns. Once they are given to the children, most of them never put them down because they provide so much comfort and security for them in a life that has been turned upside-down by illness or accident.
Each month 120 "blankets" are delivered to the Presbyterian Hospital in Rockwall.
While the focus of all Project Linus chapters is on the children living within their local coverage area, occasionally they are all involved in providing comfort to children affected by a mass casualty or natural disaster event. In addition to monthly "blanket" deliveries to the hospitals, shelters and clinics in our area, blanketeers have been involved in providing "blankets" to children outside our region including Moore, Oklahoma after the F-5 tornado struck and West, Texas after the fertilizer plant explosion, as well as other national and international disasters.
Closer to home, Camp Dragonfly, hosted by the Hope Center of Texoma, is a semi-annual weekend retreat, led by professional clinicians and trained staff, for children ages 8-12 who have suffered the death of a loved one. All activities at Camp Dragonfly are designed to help children heal and live successfully after loss. Project Linus provides a "blanket" that includes a dragonfly in its design for each child.
For the past 10 years Project Linus has been involved with Snowball Express, a “vacation” for children of our fallen military since 9/11. The local chapter has been honored to distribute over 1,000 "blankets" a year to the children attending this function for the past 7 years. The "blankets" are made and donated by Project Linus chapters across the country, as well as our Facebook friends.