Throughout the months of September and October, Discount Fabric Warehouse stores across the state will be collecting handmade blankets for donation to Project Linus and similar organizations in our communities. You can find out more about this blanket drive on this page or in our stores!
What is Project Linus?
Project Linus is a nation-wide non-profit organization that provides handmade blankets to children in need. The organization services all 50 states and we are fortunate to have two chapters here in the state of Hawaii. There is a Hawaii Chapter as well as an Oahu Chapter. Unfortunately, at this time, no other chapters have been formed for the other islands.
According to the Project Linus national website, there are two missions that the organization believes in:
First – 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 – Provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
The Hawaii Chapter has distributed blankets to organizations all over the island, including Hilo Medical Center, Hospice of Hilo, and Child and Family Services, just to name a few, as well as several organizations on the west side of the island.
So how can you help Project Linus?
You can help Project Linus by donating a completed, homemade blanket.
Any blankets that are donated must be new (not previously used), handmade (quilted, sewn, knitted, crocheted, or no-sew fringed fleece), high quality construction, machine washable and dryable, and kid friendly. This means bright, cheerful colors! Remember our blankets go to both boys and girls, of all ages. Blankets must be free of pet hair, smoke smells or other strong smells. Also, please make sure no pins have been left in the blankets! (This is from the Project Linus Hawaii Chapter website.) And although there is a need for blankets of all sizes, they can be no smaller than one yard square (36″x36″).
Blanket Drive 2018
Bring in your completed blanket during the months of September or October and receive a $5 DFW gift card for your first donation! (There’s no limit on how many blankets you can donate, but there is a limit of 1 gift card per person.)
You can also join us at one of our in-store blanket making events. Learn how to embroider or use a serger to make a blanket and donate the blanket you make! These in-store events are totally free and we provide all of the materials. We just ask that you donate the completed blanket as well as let us know that you are coming ahead of time.
Here are the dates for our remaining in-store events:
You can also help Project Linus is by making a donation. It doesn’t have to be a blanket, they’re also accepting donations of supplies (fabric, batting, fleece, yarn and other supplies) as well as monetary donations.
Contact Project Linus
If you’d like more information on anything, such as more details on blankets they accept or how to make a donation, please contact the Project Linus Hawaii Chapter.