We rather get overloaded with the chant of 'charity' during this season. It ends up being a situation where you're not sure what to do, or even if what you're doing will have a positive effect upon anyone. A local chapter of a larger group has a way that allows you to have an action that makes a real difference.
Project Linus. This organization helps supply blankets to kids that need something of comfort when things get rough in their life.
Their national webpage's frequently asked question says this
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 Donations page for more information.
I HAVE FABRIC OR OTHER BLANKET-MAKING MATERIALS TO DONATE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Visit our Chapters page where you can find contact information for your local or closest chapter. Ask the coordinator if the chapter has a need for these materials. Most chapter coordinators are very grateful for them, and can put them to good use. Materials must be new, unused, washable, and free of contaminants such as mold, mildew and smoke. They should be cotton or cotton/poly blend fabrics. Cotton or acrylic batting is acceptable and yarns that are washable. Knits, double knits, and other fabrics not appropriate for a child’s blanket may not be acceptable. Contact your chapter coordinator for more information.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY “HANDMADE,” AND WHY?
When we say “handmade” or “homemade” 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 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 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. Visit our Donations page for more information.
To make a donation locally the information is as follows.
Make Blankets to Comfort Children with Project Linus
Blankets can be dropped off at this location Monday-Saturday, from 10-5. When you have the blankets completed, please place the blankets along with your contact information in a bag or box marked "for Project Linus." If you can, please let Tina Wilke know when and where you drop them off. Murfreesboro has 2 drop-off locations: Quilt Connection- A Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37130 (615)867-0210 Mid-South Sewing Center- 266 River Rock Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37128 (615) 893-1800
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