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)
Hayden Mintzer says
I am an 8th grade student at Lanier Middle School interested in helping your organization by completing a service project. I would love to speak with you about organizing a blanket drive, including hosting a blanket party at my home. I look forward to hearing from you.
Claire Furse says
Thank you for your comment! To find out more about getting involved with Project Linus, please contact Sally Burns by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling (281) 492-2679. I hope this is helpful!
Haniya Aqil says
I’m an 8 grader from south county middle school and me and some friends are interested in helping the organization but when we are done making the blankets, who do we give the blankets to?
Dear Haniya, Project Linus gives a list of local contacts on its website here: https://www.projectlinus.org/volunteer/volunteer.php?StateKey=TX#tgt. For the Houston area the contact is Sally Burns – (281) 492-2679 or email@example.com. She should be able to tell you what kinds of blankets they need and what to do with them when you have made them. There are also come drop-off locations listed next to her name (click on the green flag). Please post a comment if you can’t reach her and we will try to find a better answer for you. Thank you for making blankets!