FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do you have a question about Project Linus or want to know how you can help? Review our listing of common questions along with helpful answers below. If you have additional questions not answered here, refer to our Contacts page for details on how to reach us.
HOW CAN I HELP
Make a blanket and donate it to your local Project Linus chapter. They will take your blanket to a facility where it will be given to a deserving child.
HOW CAN I MAKE A MONETARY DONATION?
We have several ways you can donate, with the most popular being that of paying online via credit card. Please visit our How Can I Help page for more information.
HOW ARE MONETARY DONATIONS USED BY THE ORGANIZATION?
There are many expenses involved in maintaining Project Linus. Normal expenses for our organization are: fabric, batting, yarn, other blanket-making supplies, blanket labels, printing, office supplies, shipping, accounting, and auditing to name a few.
I HAVE FABRIC OR OTHER BLANKET-MAKING MATERIALS TO DONATE. WHAT SHOULD I DO
Materials must be new, unused, washable, and free of contaminants such as mold, mildew and smoke. Quilt fabrics should be 100% cotton. Cotton or poly batting is acceptable and yarns that are washable. We can not accept knits, double knits, and other fabrics not appropriate for a child’s blanket. Contact us at ProjectLinusWilsonCounty@gmail.com or use our “contact us” form for more information.
WHAT TYPE OF BLANKETS DOES PROJECT LINUS ACCEPT?
We accept NEW, HANDMADE, WASHABLE, blankets and afghans for giving to children ages 0-18 years. Project Linus blankets are not donated to adults. As a national policy we accept all sizes and styles. Project Linus blankets must be of excellent quality and free from contaminants and odors such as smoke. Special care should be taken to ensure that blankets are free of smoky smells or any chemicals which could cause problems for a child. Ensure that blankets are free of pet or animal hair. Always check blankets carefully for pins and remove any embellishments such as buttons that could be swallowed. If you wash your blankets before donation please use a product that does not contain any fragrance such as Cheer Free.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY “HANDMADE” AND WHY?
When we say “handmade” we mean something that is not commercially manufactured or purchased. Of course, home sewing machines, knitting machines, etc. are fine. It has always been the mission of Project Linus to donate only new, handmade blankets. We receive thousands of letters and thank you notes every year from children. Over and over they express how touched they are that a stranger would take the time to make something for them. They really know the difference. Purchased blankets are nice, but new handmade blankets are from the heart. If you do not have the time or ability to hand craft a blanket, perhaps you would consider a monetary donation or something from our wish list.
WHAT ABOUT SIZES?
Project Linus donates blankets to children, infants through teens. Wilson County does not a have need for blankets less than 36″ x 36″ at this time. Sizes are ranged from
Infant – 36″ x 36″ to 36″ x 42″
Small Child – 40″ x 45″ to 48″ X 48″
Older Child – 48″ x 58″ to 60″ x 60″
Teens – 60″ x 60″ to 54″ x 70″
Kids come in all sizes so we will accept all size blankets.
WHERE CAN I FIND A PATTERN FOR MAKING A PROJECT LINUS BLANKET?
Many other organizations and companies have been very generous in supplying patterns for our cause. Check our Project Linus-Patterns to see what is currently available online. Also we do have kits available for quilt and fleece with crochet borders. Just let us know that you would like to sign one out.
I KNOW OF A CHILD WHO REALLY NEEDS A BLANKET. WHAT CAN I DO?
Most children receive a Project Linus blanket through a local hospital, shelter, or other agency. If you know a child in crisis who will not likely get a Project Linus blanket from one of these facilities please contact us.