Make A Blanket!
"I'm putting my knitting needles to good use...
I've become a Blanketeer!"
Thanks to my knitting guild The Camellia City Stockinettes, I have discovered the world of community service or charity knitting. My guild has many active knitters who knit generously for Veteran's Lap Robes, Preemie Baby Caps and Chemo Caps. Since the recent devastating disaster in Haiti my guild members and friends are also knitting for Project Linus. Thanks to them, I now know about Project Linus.
Project Linus was created in 1995. It is comprised of hundreds of local chapters and thousands of volunteers across the United States who make handmade blankets (knit, crochet, and quilted)for Project Linus. Each volunteer and local chapter work together to achieve their mission statement, which states:
First, it is our mission 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.”
Second, it is our mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
Project Linus currently has a blanket drive for the babies and children of Haiti. My knitting friend Sheila is collecting 7" knit squares which she is sewing into blankets. The blankets will then be delivered to our local Project Linus chapter and then sent on to Haiti.
This community service drive has touched my heart and I am happy to report that I have become a Blanketeer for Project Linus.
So in turn, I am now spreading the word about this wonderful and worthy cause. Be sure to check out Make a Blanket Day on Saturday, February 20, 2010. Every year on the third Saturday in February, volunteers around the country gather to make blankets and spread the word about Project Linus.
Will you help spread the word, too?!