There has been a desire from Hope members to find a social justice project in which we could get involved and make an impact in our greater community. Cindy Robinson came forward with a wonderful suggestion and with her guidance, we are eager to get “Project Linus” underway at Hope.
On Christmas eve, 1995 an article titled “Joy to the World” appeared in Parade Magazine. It was written by Pulitzer Prize winning photo-journalist Eddie Adams. Part of the article featured a downy-haired child who had been going through chemotherapy. She held a blanket which had helped her go through the treatments. After seeing this article, Karen Loucks decided to provide new, homemade security blankets to Denver’s Rocky Mountain Children’s Cancer Centre, and Project Linus was born. There are now hundreds of chapters around the world.
Project Linus is a 100% volunteer, non-profit organization. Their mission is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are in crisis, seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need of a hug. Blankets are new, handmade and washable. The blanket is the child’s to keep.
The Calgary (SW) Chapter of Project Linus was started in 2014. Blankets are given to children in the Calgary area through the following organizations:Ronald McDonald House, The Children’s Cottage Crisis Nursery, The Rotary Flames House, Alberta Children’s Hospital, Foothills Hospital NICU, Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre, YWCA Sheriff King Emergency Shelter.
Please join this effort to provide cuddle blankets to hurting children.Do you knit, crochet, or sew? Can you donate fabric, yarn or gift cards for Michael’s/ Walmart?
Contact Zena at office or email [email protected]to sign up for this project.
Drop off donations of CLEAN NEW fabrics (with babies, children and teen years in mind), yarn or gift cards at the church office.
Tuesday mornings at 10:00am - bring your project to the Fireside Room to chat while you work.