What Is It?
A national nonprofit that delivers handmade blankets to children in local hospitals, child abuse centers, and other facilities where a child might feel anxious or unsafe. Since 1996 the Houston chapter has distributed more than 21,000 blankets.
Volunteers make blankets and bring them to a drop-off location; the chapter then distributes the blankets to needy children.
Minimum Age to Volunteer
None, but volunteers must be able to make a blanket suitable for presentation to a needy child.
Ability to make a blanket. No-sew tied fleece blankets are welcome.
Provide new, handmade, washable blankets to be given as gifts to seriously ill and/or traumatized children, ages 0-18. All blanket styles and sizes are welcome, including quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets, crocheted or knitted afghans, and receiving blankets in child-friendly colors. Blankets must be homemade, washable, and free of pins, and must come from smoke-free environments for allergy reasons.
Blanket drop-off locations in the Houston area are listed on the Project Linus website. Please contact Sally Burns (contact info below) before dropping off your blanket(s).
Examples of past Scout projects
Gold Award: Jennifer R., from Cinco Ranch High School, worked with more than 100 volunteers to make 161 blankets, and she educated people about Project Linus. (2007)