Frequently Asked Questions about Project Linus

 

Do you have a question about Project Linus or want to know how you can help? 

Review our listing of common questions along with helpful answers below. 



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.


I HAVE FABRIC OR OTHER BLANKET-MAKING MATERIALS TO DONATE. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Contact us and you can donate all of those items! 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 us for more information.


WHAT TYPE OF BLANKETS DOES PROJECT LINUS ACCEPT?

We accept NEW, HANDMADE, WASHABLE, blankets and afghans for giving to children ages 0-18 years. As a national policy we accept all sizes and styles, although some chapters may have more narrow requirements based on the needs of the facilities to which they donate. Project Linus has a non-smoking policy for chapter coordinators. Coordinators must be non-smokers and live and store blankets in a smoke free environment. Project Linus blankets must be of excellent quality and free from contaminants. Special care should be taken to ensure that blankets are free of smoky smells or any chemicals which could cause problems for a child. Ensure that blankets are free of pet or animal hair. Hospitals will not accept these blankets, and they will most likely be discarded. Recent studies show that laundering these blankets does not remove contamination, and in some cases can even make it worse. Always check blankets carefully for pins, and remove any embellishments such as buttons that could be swallowed.


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.


WHAT TYPE OF BLANKETS DOES PROJECT LINUS NOT ACCEPT?

Project Linus chapter coordinators are instructed to reject blankets that are not of excellent quality. In addition they must be free from contaminants. Special care should be taken to insure all blankets are free of smoky smells or any chemicals which could cause problems for a child. Hospitals will not accept these blankets, and they will most likely be discarded. Recent studies show laundering such blankets does not remove contamination, and in some cases can even make it worse. Again, if unusually strong smells due to chemicals used in detergents, fabric softeners and dryer sheets, mold and mildew or smoking products are apparent, most hospitals will discard the blanket rather than jeopardize the health of a patient. Always check blankets carefully for pins, and remove any embellishments such as buttons that could be swallowed. Thank you for helping to make sure that Project Linus blankets are safe and healthy, and will bring only comfort and security to a child in need!  WHAT ABOUT SIZES? Project Linus donates blankets to children, infants through teens. Many sizes are appropriate depending on chapter need. For example, blankets could be as small as 36" × 36." The majority of Project Linus blankets are about 40" × 60", or what is called "crib size." Blankets could be as large as twin size for teens. Check our Wish List or contact us specific current needs!


WHERE CAN I FIND A PATTERN FOR MAKING A PROJECT LINUS BLANKET?

Many other organizations and companies have been very generous in supplying patterns for our cause. Check our Patterns/Links page to see what is currently available online.


I KNOW OF A CHILD WHO REALLY NEEDS A BLANKET. WHAT CAN I DO?

Most children receive a Project Linus blanket through a local hospital, shelter, or other agency. If you know a child in crisis who will not likely get a Project Linus blanket from one of these facilities, please contact us right away and we will ensure this child receives that needed comfort in the form of a homemade blanket.


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.


HOW ARE MONETARY DONATIONS USED BY THE ORGANIZATION?

There are many expenses involved in maintaining Project Linus. Normal expenses for our organization are: fabric, batting, yarn, other blanket-making supplies, blanket labels, printing, office supplies, shipping, accounting and auditing to name a few.